Year 2008 - I remember clearly it was a grey cloudy afternoon in Munich. I was at my workplace and there were no clients expected as it was threatening to pour down outside. I was logged into facebook and was playing some inane game that required the players to buy and sell pictures. A friend, who played the same game was logged in too and we were talking. Talking about this and that, when he asked me if I had read a poem called Desiderata. Amazingly, as well read as I thought I was....I had never read this particular verse. I don't remember if he mailed it to me or I googled it as we spoke...all I know is that I fell in love with this verse as soon as my eyes glided over it.

These are the values I truly believe in and adhere to, to the best of my ability.

Along with the value of feeling and expressing gratitude - I am grateful to that silent afternoon and to the friend who led me to this beautiful verse....Many years and umpteen shares later, I still cannot get enough of these words.


Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life


“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 with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from 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 labours 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.”


― Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life



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