Desiderata

Desiderata

desiderata
The lines below have inspired each of us at Aham in some way or the other. We all feel connected to Desiderata, lines written by Max Ehrmann, reminding us as to what is important in life.

We believe each of us is a living miracle and our greatest job is to realize that miracle and align ourselves to the human values that will help us shine forth in our abundance. Enjoy the lines and take good care of yourself.

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 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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.


One comment

  1. sai keerthan
    March 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    These lines are my favorite too. Despite having been written so many years ago they have stood the test of time and are a beacon of hope in this time and age.

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