Jan 18

If the Path to Happiness is Knowing What you Want – Want Wisely

Tag: Happiness,Personal GrowthBeth and Neill @ 6:00 am

They say to “Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it.” It seems then you should also consider choosing what you want, your “desiderata,” wisely as this produces the “asking.”

Here’s a poem that offers a little advice we enjoy.
(a video of it follows the text – and a parody of it after that)


A poem written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann

“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 to 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 or 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

It is said that Desiderata was inspired by an urge that Ehrmann wrote about in his diary: “I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift — a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble moods.”


And then on the humorous flip-side there’s…


National Lampoon’s parody:

One Response to “If the Path to Happiness is Knowing What you Want – Want Wisely”

  1. iambernardo says:

    Wow! This is just what I needed to see right now. It is a time in my life where past experiences are trying to enlighten while the mind pushes back. I made a lot inroads this weekend and this seals the message and fits the current path. Thank you for sharing!