Desiderata by Max Ehrmann is a 1927 prose poem. "Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things")
21. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
It is still a beautiful world. As we move forward in our living, this declaration encapsulates the wisdom shared by the instructions delineated in the Desiderata, preparing us to handle the eventualities which could sour our view of the world.
This declaration could have been the opening statement, the introduction to the Desiderata setting the framework for understanding the instructions that would follow, and why they are worth contemplating and enacting in our living.
In spite of things not being what they are purported to be, it is still a beautiful world. Notwithstanding the necessity to perform hard, menial, redundant work, it is still a beautiful world. Despite cherished aspirations, ideals and ambitions seemingly irreparably broken, it is still a beautiful world. We've been knocked around, disheartened, discouraged and bamboozled, but it's still a beautiful world.
Acknowledging that it is still a beautiful world brings to mind a gift from my grandmother - a framed canvas with the following embroidered inscription: Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.
This simple saying demonstrates how to value the moment. It presents the immediate and basic approach to recognizing, living and appreciating each blessed filled day. As we embrace this in our hearts, we can want this insight for others.
We share in the responsibility for making this a beautiful world. We benefit from making loving contribution to this beautiful world. Others benefit from our loving contribution as we benefit from their loving contribution. We all want to live in a beautiful world.
It is still a beautiful world because we are free to express our P.R.I.V.I. It is still a beautiful world because the universe is unfolding as it should and we are unfolding with it. It is still a beautiful world because we affirm it.
Thank you for reading. What are your thoughts?
Dedicated to my sons Jibri and Chris, my privilege and blessing. EcwmB