Desiderata noun plural noun: desiderata

  1. something that is needed or wanted.

Today I share with you a poem that I am about to frame and hang up.

My dear mum emailed it to me after I began to open up about the depression I was experiencing whilst living abroad.  I was in a sorry state and have to confess that I don’t recall it lifting me up very much at the time however it must have done some good, even if I didn’t know it back then.

Despite the blackness I was feeling, there must have been glimmers of light that shone through from the words of this poem.  It’s why it means so much to me and why it will continue to comfort me for many years to come.

It’s a poem filled with hope, positivity and wise instruction. It’s a poem to be shared.

It’s a poem for everyone but today, in particular,  I hope it reaches the screens of anyone struggling with their mental health, and of anyone sitting in silence and suffering alone.

This one’s for you today and I hope that reading it will encourage you to talk to someone, tell them how you are feeling. I promise you it will be worth it and will begin to shine a light into the darkness – I promise, you are not alone.

Thank you to my mum for bringing this poem to me xxx


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 to 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 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.



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