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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


Desiderata meaning “Desired things” is a prose poem written by Max Ehrmann, an American writer, in 1927. The text became widely known after its use in a devotional, after subsequently being found at Adlai Stevenson's deathbed in 1965, and after spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972.
I like this poem and it gives a very beautiful message for all of us in this world. It’s a poem that can guide us in life. Each line gives a new thought that has a great meaning. One of the lines I like is, "Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there is in silence." In other words, as you make your way each day in this world that is full of noise and interruptions, you should still be calm. You should also stay in the mindset of peace, and you can achieve that by being silent.
In the last stanza, ”With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy.”, for me, it summarizes the whole poem. It says that even there are bad things in this world, we should not let that affect our happiness because it’s still US, who will decide if we’re going to be happy or not. We should appreciate life for what it is because life is not perfect, there are bad and good things in this world. But those bad things have importance that’s why they exist. And that is to make us a better person so that we could live happily and peacefully in this world.