Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann changed my perception of life

“Exercise caution in your business affairs…be yourself…nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune…” Max Ehrmann

Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann

I always look forward to the night life in Lagos State whenever I visited the state. There is always something for everyone no matter your preference.

Since I am not into clubs and I stay indoors most times, I stick to my favourite late night shows on radio. It was in one of these late night shows on radio that I came across desiderata.

Desiderata is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann who studied both law and philosophy at Harvard.

According to Wikipedia, “desiderata” is a Latin word which means “desired things”. Max Ehrmann often wrote on spiritual themes and this poem is largely unknown in his 72 years on earth.

The poem became widely known after its use in the spoken-word recording in 1971 by Les Crane who was a radio announcer, television talk show host and a pioneer in interactive broadcasting. The recording became a hit and eventually won a Grammy in the “Best Spoken Word” recording in 1971.

The first time I heard the desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann was sometimes in 2012 when I listened to a late-night motivational program that airs every weekdays from 9 pm to 11 pm. The words hit me so much that I was almost moved to tears and had to download the file that very night.

I listened to the poem over and over again all through the night and the feeling it gave me that night was beyond words. Since that night, I have not stopped listening to the great words of this poem and it has helped so much in transforming me to who I am today.

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Today, I would like to share the exact words of desiderata with you. The same words from the spoken-word recording by Les Crane, which I first listened to in 2012. I hope you enjoy it.

Desiderata

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.

Go placidly amid the noise and 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 the dull and the ignorant;

They too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

They are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

You may become vain and 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

It is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

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.

 

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I am Adeyemi Adetilewa, a copywriter and a B2B/B2C writer with a passion for all things business, finance, marketing, and technology. I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of IdeaPlusBusiness.com, a B2B/B2C community for entrepreneurs.

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