Boomer Memoir / Costa Rica

Heard it on the Radio!

Desiderata

Desiderata

As I was puttering about my kitchen this morning, a soothing voice on the radio grabbed my attention. I put the teapot down, turned up the volume, and was transported to my college dorm room in Cortland, New York, 1964. A poster on the wall was placed at the foot of my bed where I saw it every morning before rising to tackle the day.

Here I am in lovely Atenas, Costa Rica fifty years later and it grabbed me again!Thank you, Radio Dos. I needed that!

Desiderata

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 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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

Happy Sunday. Wishing you peace, joy and love today and every day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDHoflDhAOo

 

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14 thoughts on “Heard it on the Radio!

  1. As close to a universal prayer as it gets. A ticket to ride, a light in the night, a hug in the dark, peace and love, the apple a day for the soul, P

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  2. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering SOME OF the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL I NEEDED TO HEAR IT TODAY, AND WE’VE SOMETHING ELSE IN COMMON … CORTLAND NY? MY FIRST EX WAS FROM THERE …

    You continue to amaze and inspire me.

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