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My New Year’s Resolutions is Desiderata

Do you make your New Year’s resolutions? What are your resolutions for 2012?

Desiderata New Year's Resolutions

The new year has always been a time for looking back to the past, as well as to look forward to the next 365 days. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Well, as for me, I am always fascinated by the wisdom of Max Ehrmann in his famous poem Desiderata, which is Latin for “things to be desired”.

Thus, my New Year’s resolutions, my guide for the next 365 days, is the timeless wisdom of Desiderata. Here it is:

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 vexatious 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 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.

 

~ Max Ehrmann
Copyright 1952

 


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5 Comments

  1. What a beautiful resolution for 2012, Atty!

    May you have a wonderful year ahead!

  2. Thanks you, Lainy, for dropping by and for leaving a nice comment. I wish the same wonderful year to you! cheers!

  3. Happy New Year, Atty. Eli! Let us always strive to be the best we can be without stepping on other people’s toes. Wishing you another wonderful and fruitful year ahead!

  4. Yes, despite the awful things happening these days, we could still say that we have a beautiful world in which we should enjoy. That is truly a very nice poem, makes me want to write my own.

    Happy New Year!

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