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Poetry Friday: Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

October 25th, 2013 (07:00 am)

Current Mood: content
Current Song: Hold My Heart by Sara Bareilles

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.

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.

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.

- selected lines from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

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Thanks to the short film Passengers for bringing this poem to my attention.

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Posted by: Irene Latham (Irene Latham)
Posted at: October 25th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)

Tweeted this: "speak your truth quietly and clearly." Yes yes yes! Thank you for sharing this. Off to look for PASSENGERS....

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 26th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)

You're welcome!

What did you think of Passengers?

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: October 26th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)

Love the poem -- just what I needed to hear right now.

LOVE Passengers. Now I want to see the whole movie!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 26th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow.

Excellent! Hope you have a great day. :)

Also check out the short film RESTING:

Posted by: Myra Garces Bacsal (Myra Garces Bacsal)
Posted at: October 28th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)

Always so wise - desiderata. Dictum of life. :) Thanks for sharing it. Sara Bareilles is also a favourite. I love her Bottle it Up! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 28th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)

She's fantastic! I just saw her live in concert, and it was amazing.

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