Thursday, April 23, 2009

Desiderata

My local paper arts store is doing a monthly challenge. On the 1st Wednesday of the month, they give you a specific 'canvas', and if you show them the finished project the following 1st Wednesday, then you get that month's 'canvas' free. April's canvas was a plain chipboard scallop-edged minibook. Since it's April, I decided to do a poetry theme, I used excerpts from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.








Desiderata

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.
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5 comments:

Monica said...

My dad has Desiderata on an album, we used to listen to it all the time, I loved it (this was back in the late 70's)!

Ragged Around the Edges said...

There is something about that poem that brings me such peace. And now I will forever remember the beautiful pieces of art you created to surround it. Thank you.

rosemary said...

Beautiful....your creation and the Desiderata. There was a House Hunters on today with San Fran's looking for a place....I thought of you.

Andie said...

Oh this is wonderful! You are so talented Maddy.

Ginnie said...

I needed that, Mad! Thank you!