Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I have been thinking of what to write about this week in my blog. For me, writing is the key. I really don't like the type face of a standard blog. But alas, standard type face is the limit.

The following is a verse written by Max Ehrmann. It is called Desiderata. At first I worried about adding this to my blog, so I researched and made sure it was not an infringement on a copyright.  I would never abuse someone else's writing.

I have written this beautiful prose out in calligraphy and placed it in several places in my home. One in my library, where I do my writing, and again in the entrance to our office for our business.

In addition to my Catholic Christian values, I use these words as a life coach. So it is with thanks and appreciation that I acknowledge Mr Ehrmann as the writer of this soul searching work.

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 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 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 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 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 cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Thank you Mr. Erhmann.


  1. Hi Jan,
    Nice to meet you and thank you for the nice email. When I was about 11 yrs. old this piece was set to music and the words spoken by Les Crane. It had such an impact on my young mind, and I have never forgotten it.

    Thank you for posting this. I haven't read it in a long time.

    God bless you,
    Marie McGaha

  2. You picked a beautifully written piece of work to post here. Thank you for sharing, and I look forward to reading your blogs.
    Randy Mitchell