Have you heard of the Desiderata?

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By Robyn

My sister and I both got new make-up/computer desks last week. So, I thought I would take mine for a spin and try writing a new blog. I have been going through a lot of anxiety Shocker!), and I am sure when I am through processing this, I will be writing about it. Until that time, I thought I should bring in one of the techniques I have been using to keep my head on my shoulders.

Have you heard of the Desiderata? Well, I hadn’t. That is not until my Aunt Karen (Remember those Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yup, that’s her!) gave me this beautiful framed, calligraphy written Desiderata to me as a housewarming gift. I had seen it in her office, but I guess I never took the time to actually read and appreciate it.

She received this from someone extremely important in her life, when she was going through some things of her own. She would get up every day, and read it. Let it soak in. And it helped her become the most amazing woman she is today – and one of my role models I hold dear. Auntie Karen is well aware of my troubles with anxiety. So when she gave this to me, explaining its significance in her life and how it can help with mine, words could not express how honored I was to receive this gift.

So, without further writing… Let’s get this Desiderata, written by Max Ehrmann here for you to read. Take your time. Read it carefully. Let it really soak in.

http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~gongsu/desiderata_textonly.html

Isn’t that just one of the most amazing things you have ever read? I read it, and this calm washes over me. My head goes silent. I take away something different each and every time I read it, and I take it with me through the day. Today, I am taking that the universe, though I have no idea how, is coming together as it should. That gives me a piece that I am able to know that I am where I need to be, no matter the struggles I face.

This beautiful piece of work, I read every night before bed. It is hanging on my wall, and besides my husband, it’s in my line of site and is one of the last things I look at. So, take this with you. It is something I hold dear to my heart. Mr. Max Ehrmann really knew his stuff. I hope this helps someone out there as much as it has helped me.

2 thoughts on “Have you heard of the Desiderata?

  1. Max Ehrmann must have been a very happy person if he put into practice what he wrote.
    Personally I have always had a bad habit of comparing myself to others, but as I get older I find myself doing this less.
    What I took away from this is to simply enjoy the simple things in life and be proud of who you are and where you’re going because each and every person has a purpose.
    Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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