A Positive Poem ;-)

Hi All,

I thought i’d post a poem that a kind doctor gave me once many years ago when i was at a low ebb in life.

I’m sure many people have read it before but it always makes me feel better (for a while anyway!) so thought id share it, if it helps to make even one person feel brighter then ill be glad!

desiderata - by max ehrmann

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 to 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 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 c.1920

I really like that. Thanks Laura.

Not so sure about the “gracefully surrendering the things of youth” bit - I bought some hair dye this morning! :slight_smile:

Karen x

What a thought provoking poem.

Thank you Laura.

Lisa x

yeh, evokes some deep thinking.

I do think deeply about things. But then I can easily see another side of things. I wonder how I missed some things, once they become obvious

The world is full of many things…good and not so good.

Trouble is media is full of bad things…good things can be overlooked.

Sitting at wheelchair height, I often notice things taller people dont see…or seem to care somtimes. Sad.


luv Pollx


I really like that. Thanks Laura.

Not so sure about the “gracefully surrendering the things of youth” bit - I bought some hair dye this morning! :slight_smile:

Karen x

[/quote] LOL! Can’t do it all at once! Glad u liked it. Laura x

Lovely poem, but I’m with Karen daughter in law coloured my hair today. Anne x.

Yes you can tell it was written by a man! No offence meant to the men! X

I had a poster of this on my wall throughout uni, hadn’t thought about it for years… used to be able to recite it word for word. Still love it - thanks for the reminder…


That’s lovely, very serene. I’m also with Karen though, died my hair on Sunday, finally managed to raise my hands above my head for long enough after weeks of my grey streak annoying me. I feel soooo much better now I’m not doing a good impression of a badger. I’m not ready to ‘surrender the things of youth’ just yet!

Tracey x

Lovely poem, but won’t be dying my hair think I’ll stick to going gray gracefully :slight_smile:

Thought i’d bump this up again as like Poll said the mood seems quite low (understandably) on here today, might cheer somebody up! x

Thank you Leora, love reading poems. Found this very thought provoking…will copy it and pass it on. Think I will give a copy to my daughter, she’s been working really hard this year building up her own business. Think she will get a lot out of reading this…like me she enjoys reading poetry. PS; when you say bump post again…how you doing this??

Thank you Jen. Now I can bump too. :slight_smile:

A lovely poem. Thanks. xx

lovely poem

Be happy it sure helps me