Desiderata Days ~ Haste

Fumbling with my lipstick, I glanced over at a poem hanging on my massage therapist’s bathroom wall. “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann (written in 1927; published in 1948) is a timeless poem with which many of us are familiar. Within the context of my power of slow conversation, it rings even more true for me.

Ergo the birth of Desiderata Days.

For each line in the poem I will blog about its meaning. I welcome your thoughts and interpretations as well. So let’s get started!

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

The still voice within cannot be heard when we are shouting, or when things are shouting at us. How often do we cover ourselves with noise? Whether it is our computer screens, the television or our cell phones, we often drive ourselves to distraction.

Take a moment to pause amongst the haste in your day. What do you hear? I’d love to know.


  1. The Well-Versed Mom

    March 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    How wonderful that I stumbled upon your site/book today!

    A friend gave me a copy of “Desiderata” about a year ago. I needed this reminder to dig it out.

    For me, it’s easy to be still and quiet in the morning, sitting on my back porch, listening to the welcome noise of birds (they’re especially active now that it’s spring!) before diving into the hustle and bustle of the work day. It’s a different kind of noise to me, more like music, I suppose.

    It’s harder to pause and listen during the day. But your post has reminded and inspired me to do so. There’s probably some music that I’m missing out on…

    1. powerofslow


      March 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      Love this! I believe there is good noise, too. The birds’ song is particularly encouraging after a winter like this one!

      My very best to you!

  2. thoughtsappear

    March 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Cool idea to blog about each line!

    1. powerofslow


      March 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Angie! The idea really did come to me in the bathroom ~ the bathoom and the woods are the two best places for me to get creative. LOL! 🙂

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