“Desiderata” is Latin for “things desired”. This poem has always held great wisdom for me; it still does. As I was de-cluttering the desktop on my computer today, I came across it and read it again. Although this was written over ninety years ago by Max Ehrmann, an American writer, poet, and attorney, the advice and acumen of these words remain relevant and valuable today. As a side note, Ehrmann was fifty-four years old when he penned this poem which did not achieve fame until after his death at age seventy-two. It goes to show you, it is never too late, and you are never too old. Please take the time to read and absorb these words of eternal good sense.
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 to 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 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 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