The Desiderata

The Desiderata is described as a prose poem, whatever that is. American Max Ehrman,wrote it in 1927. It didn’t come to wide popularity until much later. It’s name is Latin for “things that are desired.” Since it was found in an old Baltimore church, it was erroneously attributed to some long ago scribe. Oh, well, good words are hard to come by.

If you’ve not encountered it before, now’s as good a time as any. After a bizarre, exhausting election we need help. With the Mommy Double Time of the holidays, we will all be nuts for the next six weeks.

As if things weren’t bad enough, January 20th, Trump will be sworn in. At least Trump won’t wear a golf cap. I keep wondering what a January wind will do to his hair.

Just hitting our marks for the next couple of months looks like a forced march. Uphill. In the snow. Wearing stilettos. Okay, clogs … without socks.

The Desiderata pairs nicely with wine. Or Xanax. Or both. If you can learn to chant it, maybe you can skip the chemicals.

“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 on 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 vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with 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 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 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 misfortunes. 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, 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.”

There. Don’t you feel better? No? Then read it again. This time, silence your phone and lock yourself in the bathroom.