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Carers UK Forum • The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.
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The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:41 am
by gazpode
Hi everyone I was just wondering if you had ever read the Desiderata,If you have then please take the time to reread it, if you have never read it them please do so, and give your Soul a treat. It's written for every person in the world whatfever their Faith or Creed. If you live your life following these few words(as I try my best to) you won't be going far wrong. I hope you enjoy it and please post back your feelings and thoughts about these wonderful words (I would like to know if the Desiderata touched you as much as it touches me, I still can't read it without a tear in my eye). ENJOY.

Desiderata - Words for Life


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 vexations 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.

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:10 pm
by Minnie
Hi Gaz,
Never read this before , it meant a lot to me today, thank you for posting it.

(But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings) this sentence stuck out for me.

Minnie

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:02 pm
by gazpode
I'm so glad it helped you and hopfully lifted you too.

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:36 pm
by Nilla
I love Desiderata x

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:02 pm
by Lazydaisy
my Dad had this pinned on the noticeboard in his kitchen, we saw it every time we visited him.

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:19 pm
by Kaycee
I live by the buddhist teachings and find this a real comfort in difficult times. A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with my brother and he quoted this poem and said I might as well call myself a Desiderataist! As it happens, despite the mickey take I actually agree with him.

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:32 pm
by The Old Bodger
No feelings --------------No thoughts --------Every person to there own sorry
the bible is just a book someone wrote sorry to much at an early age
father was a bible basher

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:44 pm
by Kaycee
I agree Bodger, which is why I 'get' the Buddhist philosophy, No god, no prayers and no religion.

to quote the poem 'Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, I conceive him* to be my own conscience and actions.

*Bit sexist Image

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:57 pm
by The Old Bodger
My father and I had a disagreement and he was telling me I should go to
church before he passed on, anyway the out come was that he promised me that
he would return , my mother always used to ask me before she passed on
if I had seen him yet Image Image the answer was always No he aint been yet
and No still has not Image

Re: The Desiderata a 1 page bible?.

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:08 pm
by crocus
People think that the Desiderata was found in a church, or written on a tombstone, but actually it was written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. I have a book of his poems and I like this one too.

Let me do my work each day:
And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
May I not forget the strength that comforted me in the desolation of other times.
May I still remember the bright hours that found me
Walking over the silent hills of my childhood,
Or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river,
When a light glowed around me and I promised my early god to have courage amid the tempests of the changing years.
Spare me from bitterness
And from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.
May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.

Though the world know me not,
May my thoughts and actions
Be such as shall keep me friend with myself.
Lift my eyes from the earth,
And let me not forget the uses of stars

Forbid that I should judge others
Lest I condemn myself.
Let me not follow the clamour of the world,
But walk calmly in my path.

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;
And keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.
And though age and infirmity overtake me,
And I come not within the sight of the castle of my dreams,
Teach me still to be thankful for life,
And for time's golden memories that are good and sweet;
And may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.