Go Placidly Amid the Noise and the Haste

Go Placidly…

When I was dating my wife (then girlfriend), she had a wood plaque of this famous poem on one of her walls.

How the Desiderata Found Me

I previously never heard of this poem, so the Desiderata had captivated me for the first time back then. I admit, it was kind of a revelation for me. I instantly could connect to its message. And since then it has somewhat become a part of me.

It was a message I felt I could live out in a sometimes less-than-ideal world.

I had a kind of epiphany earlier today while driving my car. I had practiced Yoga before, and I seemed to have a moment of clarity, where I was focused and my mind was empty except for the task at hand, which was to drive. It’s kind of hard to describe, but it was probably one of the closer things to enlightenment I have ever experienced. It was a certain oneness with the universe, that I was special (that we all are special) because we are a part of this amazing universe. And it led me back to the Desiderata. And here I am writing about it.

And now years later, I’ve reconnected with it again. A creed that we all could live by, as children of the universe

Go placidly, my friends…

Desiderata

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.

—Max Ehrmann

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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