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Desiderata – Max Ehrmann

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 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 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.Max Ehrmann


I read this poem it reminded me of my training journey and life as a whole. Although I make some noise here on this site and in all the social media that I can get my head around, but generally speaking I get own with things quietly and patiently be it in life and in training. As I have read and gained some experience I pass it forward. I listen to everyone and ustilise what I feel is true to me and discard what is of no use at this present moment. Who’s to say it wont be true in different circumstances.

Generally I shy away from aggression because it resolves nothing but more resentment. As for comparing I am my own person, that I have only learned a few years back. I was guilty of comparing myself to my peers and letting jealously and bitterness enter my vein. The result of that is not pleasant. In the end it is always I that suffered. Thankfully I learned to change and become more expectance of who I am and where I want to be.

Be yourself.

The truth of the matter is be kind to yourself. If you haven’t achieved your goals in life remember you still have a life to live. The same is true when it comes to your training. But you mustn’t falter, you must still continue with your journey, as you deserve all that you strive and suffer for in the moment. Do not let doubt or fear fester in your mind. Always remember that no matter how difficult the situation you are in right now the light is always at the end of the tunnel.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

So as you get on in your journey, keep this poem to heart. Stay calm in the mist of chaos; Push as hard you are able; Dig deep and know when to rest so that you can come at it once more; As life is a journey that you are on and you have a life to achieve all that you want.


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Valentine Rawat
Personal Trainer · S&C Coach · Official Trainer to Sky1 Obese A Year to Save My Life & SkyLiving FAT: The Fight of My Life I'm a father and a husband, and my girls are my inspiration to be better, do better & continually help others achieve better of themselves.