‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’

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So even before I became a Year 13 student at SMB and began living on the top floor of boarding; I had always seen this piece of writing but never gave it a second glance. It was mainly because I was turned off by the cursive writing which appeared archaic to me and so I ineluctably believed it was boring.

However, after being encouraged to take a second look at it by my friend Nessie, I found that the words written were probably the most profound and honest ones I had read in a while.

I searched up more about it and discovered that it is a poem written by Max Ehrmann called ‘Desiderata’ which is Latin for ‘Desires’. It literally embodies what I feel all our desires should be in life!

The picture may not capture the true depth of the poem seeing as it’s a tad bit grainy (forgive my school’s bad lighting) but I’ve found it on the internet and it goes as follows:

“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.”

Hoping these words blessed you as much as they blessed me.

Peace & Love,

T

Xx

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