Today on Facebook my friend Lisa posted the poem “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann. I was unfamiliar with Ehrmann, but I have to admit, this poem spoke to me on a deep level. It seems that today was the exact day that I needed to read this poem. I was feeling very introspective this morning as I reflected upon my life, where I am, where I was, and what may be ahead. Before you continue reading my post, you may want to take a couple of minutes to read the poem online.
I truly have much to be grateful for in my life. In fact, when I take a moment and look around, I cannot help but feel blessed. In spite of that, I still find myself slipping into sadness sometimes. For this reason, the following lines resonated with me:
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
I am also reaching a point in my life where I have to admit that I am no longer young. Honestly, I feel OK with that, but it was still nice to receive the affirmation that I found in the poem.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
As much as I love deep, dark poetry, this poem was exactly what i needed to hear today. There is something almost magical when you come across a literary work at just the right time in your life that you connect with the writer on an almost spiritual level. Today I am grateful for having discovered this poet.