Dona Nobis Pacem



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 vexations 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 not this 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, 1927

16 Responses

  1. Gabrielle Bryden November 5, 2009 / 1:15 am

    My mother posted Desiderata on the back of our bathroom door so I would read it every day – nearly know it off my heart. Thanks for putting it up – very wise words.

  2. Leah J. Utas November 5, 2009 / 9:19 am

    Good to read it again.

  3. thommalyn November 5, 2009 / 10:17 am

    You’re welcome, Gabrielle. I read it for the first time when I was a teen, and it’s always spoken to me.

    Thanks, Leah. It resonates with me even more now than it did when I was a kid.

  4. Julia Smith November 5, 2009 / 4:16 pm

    This is a shivery-good peace post, Thomma Lyn. And your peace globe is really beautiful.

    Peace to you, dear friend.

  5. Jannie Funster November 5, 2009 / 4:27 pm

    Is that back-packer on the rock your man???

    I have heard bits of this but never the whole thing. Pretty cool!

  6. thommalyn November 5, 2009 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you so much, (((((((((Julia)))))))))), and peace to you, too, my dear friend.

    Jannie! BWAHAHAHAHA — I’m laughing so hard I’m gonna roll on the floor. The backpacker is me! (and hubby doesn’t look much like me, and he’s a lot bigger.) hehehehehehehehe… *SNORT* ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. marilyn November 5, 2009 / 8:55 pm

    That’s a very pretty globe. Backpacking is what we do for vacation every year.

    There’s a lot of relevant advice in the quote, for all that it was written so long ago.

  8. thommalyn November 5, 2009 / 10:00 pm

    Thanks, Marilyn, and I appreciate you visiting and commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I find a lot of wisdom in โ€œDesiderata.”

  9. debbie November 6, 2009 / 2:51 pm

    I’m big on the trying to be happy thing! But, I need to take to heart the part about not comparing myself with others.

  10. thommalyn November 6, 2009 / 3:43 pm

    Hi, Debbie! Yeah, I need to work on that, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Travis November 6, 2009 / 5:54 pm

    Everything seems to be in there…a good strategy.

    Peace to you and yours.

  12. thommalyn November 6, 2009 / 6:01 pm

    Thanks, Travis! ๐Ÿ™‚ Peace to you and yours, too.

  13. Anndi November 7, 2009 / 9:29 am

    I remember reading this a long time ago… Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it again.


  14. thommalyn November 7, 2009 / 10:43 am

    You’re welcome, Anndi! ๐Ÿ™‚ Peace to you and yours.

  15. Dorothy November 8, 2009 / 7:28 pm

    I love your peace blog. and the piece you posted, Desiderata. Wise words worth keeping forward in my mind.

    (((((((((((peace hugs)))))))))VWB/BFF/KS

  16. thommalyn November 8, 2009 / 8:02 pm

    Thanks, dear VWB/BFF/KS! (((((((((((peace hugs))))))))))) and (((((((((((warm fuzzy furry purry hugs)))))))))))))))) I love “Desiderata.” I need to keep its words forward in my mind, too.

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