‘Desiderata’ requoted with Envy

imageThis poem has clenched my insides for long. Its an institution for generations, a potent way of living happy and long have I wanted to write just such a page. Since I cannot, so instead have printed the original by Max Ehrmann, written in 1927.~
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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment;
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

©1927 Max Ehrmann

The image is from dreamstime.com

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About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

4 Responses to ‘Desiderata’ requoted with Envy

  1. Mashkoor Alam says:

    Dear Sarfaraz:
    Assalamoalaikum. Glad to see the “other side” of you. As some of my friends would say you have arrived. But MashaAllah it reflects peace within yourself and with your self. I am taking the liberty of sharing this with Yasmeen and the children acknowledging the source. They will all be glad to hear about you.
    Best Regards
    Mashkoor Alam

    • sarfarazar says:

      Walaikum assalaam, Mashkoor Bhai,

      I have been writing now for quite a while. Originally for myself, then Borderline Green, EXPRESS tribune and finally for a few sports blogs. Sometime ago I created my own blog and now just write every now and then on it. So you will find a few dozen of my notes on this site.
      Hope all is well with yourself and the family. My salaam to Yasmin and young Sabrina.

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