Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste…
I found this little gem today while cleaning out my dad’s belongings. It immediately took me back to sixth grade where Mr. Grimm (of Hickory Elementary School fame) made us memorize the ENTIRE poem called Desiderata (meaning that which is to be desired).
I remember being so proud that I was able to nail the whole thing in front of my class. It seemed like a massive homework assignment at the time – so many words and so much to string together.
Over the years, I have forgotten the vast majority of the message but re-reading it today brought me to tears. There are so many GOLDEN NUGGETS from the poet Max Ehrmann. I doubt my twelve year old self grasped all of them at the time. I believe that I was meant to come across this message today so I can share some of the nuggets with you. Here are some of the key points:
- Reminding us to remember what peace there may be in silence. In today’s 24/7 pace, this continues to ring true.
- It speaks of viewing yourself as a child of the Universe and not doubting that things are unfolding as they should. Having that faith continues to be a challenge for most of us.
- It tells us to be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. This can be a daily challenge.
- Remembering to be cheerful and striving to be happy even though you may find life to be noisy or confusing.
- And don’t forget to be yourself or distress yourself with dark imaginings and fears. FEARS are often born of fatigue and loneliness— so get rest!
- Learning to be gentle with yourself is another life lesson for many of us.
- Never forget to surrender the things of youth as you age gracefully.
I encourage you to read the entire poem of Desiderata to hear the full message.
I so appreciate the words of wisdom from this poet and am glad to have stumbled upon it today.