I first stumbled upon this recitation when I was around 11 years old. I fell in love with it then and love it still. It was written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann. The title is Latin, and when translated, means “Things to be Desired.”
P.S.: Anyone recognize two people in the video??
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.
– Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
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Remember reading so many years ago… loved it then…
love it now…Thanks for bringing it back in our lives…
Love the poem.. so beautiful! Just what I needed to read right now!
I have it printed out and placed on my cork board as a reminder to calm down when speaking with ignorant people or when I’m ragging on myself.
I saved a copy for when i’m down on myself as well. I keep thinking no one likes my stuff but my best friend. Hard to be upbeat when you beat yourself up all the time. This will be a good reminder to pull me out of those moments!
I hear you, honey. Big hugs. I believe in you and your writing.
Thank you Jenny! I believe in yours as well. We will get there (okay your closer, but still! lol)
I love this! I have a copy of it on my wall 😀
What year was she serving that coffee? 1971? This must be from back then…Paul and Linda McCartney looked like they were still in “Wings.”
Beautiful vid. Magnificent images.
Def. from the late 60s, early 70s. I can’t believe I used to wear clothes like that! Thank God I can say it was because I was young and didn’t know better. LOL!! Now the vintage look is in. Go figure. Love the imagery. I have the album this came from – Leonard Nimoy Space Odyssey. The cover is quite cosmic. 🙂