I am thoroughly enjoying the National Poetry Month theme in this blog. Working for an industry with rigid standards and never-ending rules quite dulled my creative senses.
But I have never ever forgotten Desiderata. Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927, it wasn’t until my sophomore high school teacher read this out loud did I hear about it. Since then, I’ve been so completely enamored by it. I believe this is one of those pieces that I memorized in just a few hours. The truth, honesty and beauty of every single word in it resonates, and whenever I feel dejected, discriminated, rejected — basically all time lows — this piece of art never failed to bring me back to solid ground.
My favorite line:
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
I am a very talkative person, a constant multitasker, and more often than not, I forget to silence my mind. This is such an eloquent reminder.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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