This poem guided me through the years. I first heard of this poem as a song in a radio during my high school days. I always have my AM transistor radio tuned to DZBM. This was the best music station at my time.

Siyempre ang high school days and maraming issues sa growing-up. Ang mga issues sa love-life, sa ano ba ang future, relationships with parents and family,  with classmates and studies, with barkadas.This poem in a way guided me to be a good person and go through to some of life’s challenges. And I still remember I have a poster of this poem in my room.

From my family life as a father and an employee, this poem continued to be an inspirational guide, like issues with work and officemates, careers, dreams, children’s future, aging, health and spiritual life.

I still listens to the song version of this poem. Try it!


— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —
Not “Found in Old St. Paul’s Church”! –

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.

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The Desiderata poem was originally written by Max Ehrmann. It was used by Rev Frederick Kates of St Paul´s Church in Baltimore in devotional materials he compiled for his congregation. On top of this material he had written “Old St paul´s Church, Baltimore A.C. 1692”. The year was the foundation year of the church.

This probably made people think the Desiderata poem was found in the church and written in 1692.

A court ruling was that Ehrmann had forfeited his right to have the copyright of this poem protected by giving the permission to use the work gratuitously. Copies of the poem appeared everywhere and it was extremely popular in the 60s and 70s.

Later court cases have ruled in favor of copyright. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case. So there seems to be confusion about the copyright of this beautiful poem.

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4 thoughts on “Desiderata

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

    kumusta po? may di pa ho pala ako nasasagot. naman… hope all is well there, ‘lo! regards… 🙂

    1. Oo yang ending na yan ang di dapat makalimutan San.

      Sa dami ng mga pagsubok sa buhay ehh….”Be cheerful…strive (always) to be happy”…pa rin.

      Mabuti naman ang lolo dito. Salamat sa pagkamusta.

      Ingat lagi dyan sa atin & God Bless!

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