There is timeless wisdom in Max Ehrmann's "Desderata" and today more than ever, taking a few moments to relax, breathe and just read and contemplate the personal impact and where we feel the weight of these words in our lives, can lend us a different perspective.

To some it may stimulate frustration and anger and the wish to take issue with it's simplicity, and that's ok, perhaps they need it more now than ever... it offers simplicity, but it doesn't say it will be easy to do... it offers balance.

For others it just resonates deep inside. So where-ever you are, however you feel, just pause, breathe, read and reflect.


"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 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 to 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 people 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 labours 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.

Pause, breathe, rest and reflect. If you feel you need help to regain balance or control over any aspect of your life, don't put it off, take action and get in touch, support is at hand.


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