Desiderata Revisited: A Legacy Worthy Life

Desiderata Revisited: A Legacy Worthy Life Sherrie Rose

Desiderata Revisited: A Legacy Worthy Life


As you traverse the noise and the haste of daily life, be on good terms with all persons, without surrender.

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.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Whatever your labors and aspirations, however humble, develop your own career; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Embrace the benefits and acknowledge the confusion of technological advances pulling on your attention, and as best as possible, put human connection first.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, love is as perennial as the grass.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

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.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Focus on the good, keep peace in your soul and release the fears of fatigue and loneliness.

Go placidly and remember what peace there may be in silence.

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.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Revision written by Sherrie Rose, Chief Legacy Officer

Original Poem by Max Ehrmann at end of this article
Desiderata published in 1948 in ‘The Poems of Max Ehrmann’
Desiderata (things desired) written 1920,
©1927, entered the public domain in 2023.


Desiderata: A Legacy Worthy Life

A Legacy Worthy Life:
“Live Smart, Give Smart, Leave Your Mark“™

What does it mean to live a legacy worthy life? These are not simple times; we’re living in an age where real purpose and meaning aka enhavim have been replaced by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What if we could find a way to make our lives count, each day,?

A legacy worthy life is one that is not just about leaving a lasting mark on the world after we’re gone. It is a life lived with enhavim, filled with moments of joy and accomplishment that you create in the now. But what does it take to create such a life?

Living a legacy worthy life is a pursuit many of us aspire to. Whether it’s leaving behind a positive impact on the people and environment around us, or making sure our families are taken care of after we die, there is something incredibly satisfying about creating a legacy worthy life that you may think of as your reputation today. How do we go about constructing such an influential life with a positive reputation?

To lead a life of true significance, it starts with your character. There are aspects, qualities and virtues that can help us live a legacy worthy life. From understanding your purpose in life to pursuing courage and compassion as virtues – there are many ways we can develop our character, our the mental and moral qualities distinctive to each of us as individuals.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

FRANK OUTLAW, President of the Bi-Lo Stores


# 1. Living An Ethical Life: Live Smart


Living an ethical life is a cornerstone of leading a legacy worthy life. It is about making moral choices, even when it’s difficult to do so. Honesty, fairness and integrity are key qualities in carrying out ethical behaviors. This means being open and truthful in all that we do; never taking advantage of someone else’s misfortune or naivety; and always adhering to our values and commitments, even if this means going against the status quo.


Cultivating these qualities requires deep self-reflection and commitment. In order to live ethically, one must first understand their own values, morals and beliefs – what they stand for, how they think and how they want to be seen by others. This takes time, effort and courage. Once the individual has done this work for themselves, the next step is to apply those values consistently in their everyday life — in their relationships with family, friends and colleagues; in their interactions with strangers; even when no one is watching.


Living ethically also involves making conscious decisions about which causes you wish to support through your actions or donations – from issues such as climate change or racial justice, all the way down to supporting local charities that help people in need within your own community. All of these actions add up to a meaningful life that makes a positive difference to the world around us!

Become the Chief Legacy Officer in your personal and professional life.



# 2. Cultivating Meaningful Relationships: Relationship Riches


Living an ethical life is only the beginning when it comes to cultivating a legacy of worth. Having meaningful relationships is also essential for leading a legacy worthy life. Relationships form the basis of our lives, providing us with connection and purpose, and even though they can be difficult to maintain and cultivate, it’s worth investing in them.


The quality of our relationships reflects how much we value them, so it’s important to invest both time and energy into them. We should be mindful of how we treat people, taking care not to take them for granted or mistreat them in any way. This doesn’t mean that we should shy away from conflict – disagreements can actually help relationships grow stronger if handled correctly – but it does mean that we need to be aware of how our actions affect those around us.


Meaningful relationships bring joy and fulfillment into our lives and provide us with support when times get tough. Without strong connections with others, life can feel empty and lonely, so it’s important to nurture the relationships that matter most to us. Showing kindness and appreciation towards others helps create lasting bonds that enrich everyone involved.


So while living ethically is a great start on the path towards a legacy worthy life, investing in meaningful relationships is equally as important for living a fulfilled life.


Cultivating relationships is an essential part of living a legacy worthy life. It’s not just about the number of people in our lives, but also the quality of those relationships. Taking the time to nurture and strengthen existing connections, as well as seeking out new ones, can have a powerful impact on our lives.


The benefits of cultivating relationships are far-reaching. Not only do these connections give us a sense of belonging and community, but they can also provide us with support during difficult times. They can open up new opportunities and help us to stay motivated and inspired when we feel stuck or overwhelmed. Additionally, healthy relationships can lead to greater satisfaction in all aspects of life.


By taking the time to invest in meaningful relationships – both old and new – we create more space for joy and connection in our lives. This helps to foster a sense of purpose that goes beyond our day-to-day activities and allows us to truly live life to its fullest potential.


# 3. Being Open To New Experiences: Explore


Living a legacy-worthy life means being open to new experiences. It’s about embracing the unknown and taking risks. With each new experience, we can learn something and gain insight into ourselves and our lives. We can also discover more about the world around us, which can be exciting and thrilling.


By trying something different, we may find a newfound passion or gain an opportunity for personal growth. This could be anything from travelling to a new place or learning a language, to taking up an unfamiliar hobby or participating in an unfamiliar activity. The possibilities are endless – no one should feel stuck in the same routine day after day, week after week.


We all have something unique to contribute to this world and by being open to new experiences, we can tap into what sets us apart from others and make our own mark on this world. We can learn more about ourselves and become more confident in who we are as individuals. In turn, this will help us become better friends, family members, colleagues, neighbours, citizens…the list goes on! Being open to new experiences is not only beneficial for ourselves – it also strengthens our relationships with those around us.


Taking risks helps us grow as people – it enables us to live a fuller life that is richer in character and meaningfulness.



Adapting and growing is an essential part of living a legacy-worthy life. It means learning to be flexible and open-minded, understanding that life is ever-changing and that we must find the courage to change with it. This can be especially challenging for those who have established certain routines or relationships. But by taking the time to reflect on our current situation, and allowing ourselves to see possibilities beyond our comfort zones, we can begin to learn the art of adapting and growing.


The key here is being willing to take risks – both in terms of relationships and personal growth. In order to cultivate meaningful relationships, we must learn how to communicate honestly and openly, even when it might feel uncomfortable or difficult. We also need to be willing to accept constructive criticism from others if we want real growth; this allows us to become more aware of where we can make improvements in ourselves.


Finally, by embracing the idea that change is inevitable, we can start taking steps towards creating a legacy-worthy life – one that involves meaningful connections with people around us as well as personal development through adapting and growing. It might take some practice, but eventually these changes will become second nature – and you’ll be well on your way towards creating a truly fulfilling life.


Embracing change is a key part of living a legacy worthy life. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when life throws us curveballs and we’re forced to alter our plans. But it’s important to remember that these changes often come with an opportunity for growth. If we choose to accept it, we can learn something valuable and even have a more meaningful life.


The first step towards embracing change is accepting it. This doesn’t mean accepting every situation without question, but rather understanding that no matter how hard we try, there will always be things outside of our control that require us to adjust our approach or outlook in order to move forward. To make the most out of these situations, taking the time to analyze the new circumstances allows us to find the best course of action for ourselves and those around us.


It’s also important not to shy away from trying new things or exploring unfamiliar areas. By pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, we open up possibilities for growth and development that may have been unimaginable before. Trying something different can also help us gain perspective on our current circumstances and provide insights into how we might approach similar situations in the future.


In this way, embracing change is an essential component of living a legacy worthy life – one where we accept the challenges that come our way while still making strides towards personal goals and aspirations. Taking risks helps foster resilience, creativity and innovation – all qualities necessary for creating lasting memories and inspiring others along the way.


# 4. Taking Time For Reflection: Journal, Memoirs, Stories


Reflecting on life is an important part of living a legacy-worthy life. Taking time to reflect on what has happened, what is happening and what could happen allows us to make more informed decisions and take control of our lives. It helps us identify emotions as they arise, and respond in the most effective way.


It’s important to remember that a legacy worthy life doesn’t mean sacrificing your own well-being for your goals. You can still enjoy the journey while working towards something greater than yourself. Taking time for self-care, gratitude, and reflection will help provide balance as you strive for success.


Living a legacy worthy life is about being mindful of how you want your story to be remembered.  This is your reputation today… it is the gossip, accolades, and conversations that contain your name in person, in social media, in video, in words. And, in the words of George Bernard Shaw (GBS):

“Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.”


Reflection can help us understand our own needs and motivations better, so we can become more aware of our choices and their consequences. Through mindful contemplation and self-examination, we gain valuable insight into who we are and how we want to be in the world. We can also explore our values and beliefs, which helps us stay true to ourselves as we move through life’s changes.


When we take the time for reflection, it can be a powerful tool for personal growth; allowing us to connect with our inner wisdom, appreciate life’s moments and find meaning in difficult times. Reflection enables us to access the lessons of past experiences, so that we may learn from them and create a path forward that reflects our authentic selves.


It is essential that we make space in our lives for meaningful reflection if we are to live a legacy-worthy life. Not only does this practice lead to greater self-awareness, but it also helps us build resilience as well as appreciation for the present moment – both of which will serve us well throughout all stages of life.

You do not grow up in a day.  Plan to leave your mark by creating habits that foster growth.


# 5. Pursuing Goals and Dreams: From Dream to Enhavim

You must have drive or passion and commitment to your goals. You must be willing to put in the hard work it takes to make something lasting. This means taking risks and having the courage to push through challenges. It means making difficult decisions and putting yourself out there even when it feels uncomfortable or uncertain.


=> Identifying Your Core Values

When considering what it takes to create a legacy worthy life, identifying your core values is essential. Your core values are the beliefs and principles that guide your decisions and choices in life. Through examining these values, you can gain insight into your morals and motivations.

By taking some time to reflect on what matters most to you, you can start to get a better understanding of your core values. Think about what you stand for, the people and things you care about, and the qualities or characteristics that make up who you are. It can be helpful to make a list of words or phrases that describe how you want to live your life.

Once you have identified what is important to you, it becomes easier to determine how those core values will shape your future decisions. You can put that into a “plan’ using the enhavim process. This is a link to a complementary document explaining the word enhavim and process. Being aware of them allows for more mindful decision-making as well as creating a sense of purpose in life. Knowing your core values can also help bring clarity when making difficult choices or when feeling overwhelmed with options.

By taking the time to identify your core values, it gives you an opportunity to define what living a legacy worthy life means to you personally. You have the power to take control of creating the kind of life that reflects who you are and what’s most important – now and in the future.

Pursuing goals and dreams is a vital part of living a legacy-worthy life. It’s important to have ambition, to set targets and strive for them with determination. Taking action on your dreams, no matter how big or small, gives you the opportunity to experience their rewards. When you set out on a path that leads you closer to achieving your goals, there’s a sense of joy from knowing that all the hard work is paying off.

Living a life of purpose is not always easy. But, it’s worth the effort. It requires self-reflection to determine what is important to you and what will bring you joy and fulfillment. Once you have identified your core values, living with purpose means making daily decisions that align with them. This could involve pursuing activities or hobbies that give meaning to your life, spending time with people who share your values, or taking on meaningful work that has an impact on others.

It also involves understanding how to balance short-term gratification with long-term goals. Living a purposeful life may require making sacrifices in the present in order to achieve bigger goals down the road. But, when we make decisions aligned with our core values, the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment from these accomplishments can outweigh any temporary sacrifice we must make along the way.

Living a life of purpose is about finding out who you are and embracing it fully. It’s about creating meaning in your day-to-day life and having a clear direction for where you’re headed. By committing yourself to this journey, you can create an intentional legacy of which you’ll be proud.

This doesn’t mean it’s easy though; working towards your ambitions can be challenging and requires dedication. But when faced with obstacles, it’s important to keep going and not give up – the best things in life come through persistence! Every success along the way brings a feeling of accomplishment; an acknowledgement that you’re taking steps towards creating your own legacy.

You don’t need to wait until retirement to start pursuing your goals – begin today! Even if it means taking baby steps, every bit counts and will lead you closer to reaching where you want to be. So go ahead; dream big and go after what matters most to you!



# 6. Leave Your Mark with a Positive Impact On Others: Relationship Riches


Making a positive impact on others is an important part of leading a legacy worthy life. It means going beyond simply helping those around us, and making efforts to better the lives of people from different backgrounds and circumstances. This could mean donating time or money to causes that support marginalized communities, or working towards providing greater access to resources and opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. It’s also about being a kind person in our daily lives and showing respect for everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from.

We can start small by engaging in random acts of kindness, such as helping someone in need or doing something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. Even these small actions can make a big difference in someone’s life and provide them with hope, comfort, or joy. We should also strive to be an ally to those facing injustice and work to create greater equality in our communities. This could mean speaking up when we witness unfair treatment happening in our presence, or joining collective efforts to advocate for change on larger scales.

Making a positive impact on others is an essential element within any legacy worthy life. It’s not just about making the world a better place through grand gestures; it’s also about doing what we can with the resources we have available at any given moment. We should focus on using our skills and passions to benefit others whenever possible because this will ultimately lead us closer to becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can be.

Making a difference is an essential part of creating a legacy worthy life. Every day, we have the opportunity to make decisions that can positively impact others. These decisions don’t have to be grand gestures or sweeping changes; even small acts of kindness can make an impact and leave a lasting impression.

It’s important to be mindful of how our actions affect others and how we are contributing to our society. We should strive to not only embrace change but also take actionable steps that will make a difference in people’s lives today and for future generations. This could mean volunteering for a cause you are passionate about, advocating for a social issue, or simply being there for those who need support.

We all have the capacity to create meaningful change in our lives and the world around us – it just takes effort, determination, and dedication. When we choose to focus on making a difference, it not only helps us reach our goals but also gives us the satisfaction knowing that we are leaving behind something meaningful in this world.


# 7. Living A Balanced Life: Live Smart


Living a balanced life is essential for leading a legacy-worthy life. It means that you’re taking care of all aspects of your life, from physical health to mental and emotional wellbeing. Taking care of yourself is the foundation for being able to reach out and make a positive impact on others. When we’re exhausted and overwhelmed, it’s difficult to show up in service to the world.

Having balance requires taking time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. This might look like carving out an hour each day for self-care; treating yourself with kindness and compassion; or taking regular breaks throughout your day. It also involves having hobbies or activities that bring joy and fulfillment outside of your work or family commitments. This can be anything from reading, painting, playing music, exercising or spending time with friends.

Above all else, it’s important to remember that everyone’s definition of balance is different; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you – there are no rules or expectations other than what feels right for YOU! Take the time to nurture yourself so you can be present in every moment and live a legacy-worthy life that makes a positive difference in the world.

Taking responsibility for your actions is an important part of creating a legacy-worthy life. It’s easy to blame others or external circumstances for our shortcomings, but it takes courage and strength to accept our role in difficult situations. By doing so, we can make progress towards the life we want to lead.

Owning up to our mistakes teaches us valuable lessons about how to improve ourselves and the world around us. We develop a better understanding of what went wrong and how to avoid similar mishaps in the future. Facing adversity with grace helps us become more resilient when faced with future obstacles.

Through taking responsibility for our actions, we become empowered to take charge of our lives and create a lasting impact on society. We can build meaningful relationships with others through trust earned by accepting accountability for our deeds. This gives us the opportunity to create a legacy that will have a positive effect on the world around us.

Staying connected to your roots is essential when striving for a legacy worthy life. It means keeping the values and traditions of your family and culture alive. Doing so helps provide grounding and direction as you face and overcome the various challenges life throws at you.

Knowing who you are and where you come from can give you a sense of purpose and belonging as you go through life. It also allows us to appreciate the diversity among us, understanding that we can all learn from one another in order to grow together. This connection with our past is vital in order to understand our present circumstances, allowing us to make informed decisions moving forward.

Having an anchor in our roots gives us stability, strength, courage, and resilience; which are all necessary components for leading a successful life. Additionally, it lets us recognize how far we’ve come and how much potential we have for growth, inspiring us to reach our highest potentials in order to leave a lasting impact on the world around us.

Facing and overcoming challenges is a core part of leading a legacy worthy life. It’s how we grow as individuals and how we measure our progress each step of the way. Challenges come in all shapes and sizes, but if we can recognize them for what they are, it sets us up for success.

At their heart, challenges are opportunities for growth. They offer us the chance to learn something new or build on existing skills. This might be anything from learning a language to mastering a new hobby. It could also be taking on greater responsibilities in our career or exploring ways to give back to our community. By tackling these tasks head-on, we open ourselves up to personal growth and development that will have long-term benefits for ourselves and those around us.

The biggest challenge of all is believing in ourselves enough to take on tough tasks. With the right mindset, any difficulty can be confronted and conquered – it just takes grit and determination! Embracing challenges is an essential part of living a meaningful life, so don’t be afraid to take risks, push your boundaries and aim high – you are very capable and you can achieve great things!

Living with integrity is a cornerstone of a legacy worthy life. It means having the courage to do what is right and to stand up for your values, even when it’s difficult or unpopular. Doing this requires inner strength and self-discipline, but it also brings great rewards in terms of personal growth and satisfaction.

Integrity involves being honest, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and treating others with respect. It means having empathy for those who are different from us, and recognizing both our privileges and our limitations. Living with integrity can also mean setting boundaries with people who are not respectful or kind towards us, so that we can maintain our sense of self-worth while still being open to new experiences.

The rewards of living with integrity extend beyond ourselves; by modeling positive behavior, we can help create a more just society where everyone has the opportunity to live an authentic and meaningful life. We also gain the satisfaction of knowing that we have taken action in line with our values – something that will leave behind an enduring legacy that our family and friends will remember.   Because of your character, you may be memorialized as demonstrated here at

Finding balance in life can be a difficult task, especially when there are so many competing demands. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to do it all and feel overwhelmed. But with a little bit of planning and self-awareness, it is possible to create a life that is sustainable and meaningful.

One key to finding balance is understanding what your true priorities are. This will help you make decisions about how to spend your time and energy. At the end of the day, ask yourself: What matters most? What do I need to focus on? Make sure that your choices reflect those priorities.

In addition, take time for yourself – even if it’s just a few minutes – each day to relax, reflect, or engage in activities that bring you joy. This can help you stay grounded and focused on what truly matters; living a legacy worthy life. We all have different goals and needs, but learning how to prioritize these needs and create space for yourself can provide greater balance and fulfillment.



# 8. Generosity And Gratitude: Give Smart


Generosity and gratitude are two essential components of a legacy worthy life. Generosity is about living in such a way that one’s resources are shared with others. It can involve giving money, time, talent or even just kind words to those around us. Gratitude is about recognizing our blessings and expressing appreciation for them. This might be through prayer, meditation or simply by saying thank you for the things we receive.

Living an abundant life requires both generosity and gratitude; they go hand-in-hand. When we open ourselves up to giving, it creates the space for us to receive more blessings from the universe. Similarly, when we appreciate what we have been given, it serves as a reminder of how much abundance exists in our lives. These two qualities work together to create an atmosphere of positivity and abundance that can be felt throughout our lives.

By practicing generosity and gratitude on a regular basis, we can cultivate a mindset of abundance that will help us lead happier and more fulfilling lives. We become better at recognizing opportunities to give back, while also finding joy in the simple things that bring us so much joy. When these two virtues become part of who we are, then our legacy becomes something worth leaving behind for generations to come.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can bring about positive change in our lives. It’s not just about saying “thank you,” but it’s an attitude of appreciation and acknowledgement of the good things we have. Learning to cultivate this feeling can help us lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

When we take time to be thankful for what we have, even in difficult times, it can bring us comfort and joy. It helps us appreciate the present moment by connecting with our inner wisdom and finding joy in small moments. This helps us build resilience and strength as we go through tough times.

Having gratitude also helps us stay connected to the people around us and boosts our relationships with them. Expressing our appreciation for their presence in our lives helps strengthen these connections so they become a source of support when things get tough. This is an essential part of creating a lasting legacy worthy life. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, we can make our lives more meaningful both now and in the future.



# 9. Adopting A Growth Mindset: Live Smart


Adopting a growth mindset is a key aspect of living a legacy worthy life. A growth mindset involves having the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed. This is in contrast to a fixed mindset, which assumes that abilities are predetermined and cannot be changed. People with a growth mindset recognize that everyone has room to grow and they strive to constantly improve themselves.

Fostering this kind of attitude enables us to keep up with the ever-changing world. It allows us to stay open-minded and curious, continually learning new skills, techniques, and approaches. We can also become more flexible when faced with challenges or obstacles, as we have the ability to adjust our strategies and take on different perspectives if needed.

Living with a growth mindset helps us become better versions of ourselves. We can set our own goals for personal development and make progress in whatever areas we wish to focus on. Having this approach encourages us to persevere despite hardships – we can learn from our mistakes, overcome failures, and continue striving towards our goals with newfound knowledge and experience.

By adopting a growth mindset, we can reap many benefits in terms of personal development while also leading meaningful lives that leave behind positive legacies for future generations.

Creating a positive mindset is essential for achieving a legacy worthy life. It’s not enough to simply take responsibility for your actions; you need to cultivate an attitude of optimism and resilience. This begins with making a conscious effort to reframe negative thoughts and experiences into more empowering ones. Instead of dwelling on the things that went wrong, focus on what can be done better in the future.

Developing this kind of outlook requires practice, but it can be done with dedication and patience. Start by taking time out each day to reflect on your situation and identify areas where you can make improvements in order to move forward positively. You could also look for inspiring stories or quotes that motivate you to stay focused on your goals and maintain an optimistic attitude no matter what challenges arise.

It’s important to remember that cultivating a positive mindset is an ongoing process, so don’t expect immediate results. With continued effort and perseverance, however, you will eventually find yourself living a legacy worthy life—one full of hope, joy, and success.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~syndicated column of Sydney J. Harris, 1969.


# 10. Leaving A Legacy of Gratitude And Inspiration: Give Smart


We have already discussed many aspects of leaving a legacy worthy life, from developing the habit of consistency to adopting a growth mindset. Now, let’s look at one more important aspect: leaving a legacy of gratitude and inspiration.

The key here is to be intentional about who we choose to be in life and how we interact with others. We must practice showing gratitude on a daily basis, and be an inspiring presence for those around us. This means expressing our appreciation for the people in our lives, and encouraging them to pursue their dreams and ambitions. Showing genuine enthusiasm for their success can make all the difference to someone who is feeling down or lost.

On a larger scale, we should also strive to inspire by leading by example in our own lives. Demonstrating integrity, resilience and hard work will not only leave an impression on those around us, but it can also have ripple effects that spread far beyond our immediate circle of influence. After all, inspiring others is often the most powerful way to impact someone positively today and later, leave behind a lasting legacy that will live on..

Making each day count by living authentically and intentionally is an essential part of creating this kind of legacy. It’s up to us to ensure that what we leave behind is something that will bring joy and fulfillment in the lives of others for decades or even centuries to come.

Giving back to the community is an important part of creating a legacy worthy life. It’s not just about helping others, it’s also about investing in yourself and your future. There are several ways to give back, from volunteering at a local charity or organization to donating money or items you no longer need.

By giving back, you can make a impactful difference in someone else’s life, which is incredibly rewarding. Not only will it help those in need, but it will also help you feel more connected to your community and give you a sense of purpose. Plus, when you spend time doing something good for others, you’re likely to feel happier and more fulfilled.

So if you’re looking for ways to live a legacy worthy life, don’t forget to consider giving back to your community. Taking the time to do something kind for others can benefit both them and yourself in so many ways!

A legacy worthy life is one that is meaningful, impactful, and filled with joy. Living a life of purpose, cultivating relationships with others, learning to adapt and grow, making a difference in the world, facing and overcoming challenges, staying connected to your roots, and finding balance are all essential elements to creating a life worth leaving behind. It’s important to recognize that you have the power to create the life you desire.

No matter what your circumstances may be, you can choose how you want to live your life and make it something special. The choices we make on a daily basis will shape our lives and determine our legacy. By living consciously and intentionally each day, we can ensure that our lives will be remembered for generations to come.






=>FAQ about Living a Legacy Worthy Life


=> How Do I Know If I Am Living An Ethical Life?


Living an ethical life is a difficult question to answer because it can mean different things to different people. Everyone has a unique set of values and beliefs, and what is considered ethical for one person may not be seen as ethical by another. However, there are some universal qualities we can look to in order to determine if our lives are moral and responsible.


A legacy worthy life is one that demonstrates compassion towards others, respect for the environment, and a commitment to justice. A good way to measure this is by asking ourselves how we use our resources – do we treat others fairly and with kindness? Are we mindful of our consumption habits? Do we strive to make the world a better place by engaging in activities that promote positive social change?


Living an ethical life also involves taking responsibility for our actions and making choices that align with our values. When faced with difficult decisions, it’s important to consider how each option will impact others as well as ourselves. We should always strive to do what’s right even when it may be uncomfortable or inconvenient.


By being mindful of how our actions affect those around us, acknowledging our privileges and limitations, staying true to our values, and promoting social justice – we can ensure that the aspects, qualities and virtues of a legacy worthy life are at the forefront of all that we do.


=> What Practical Steps Can I Take To Cultivate Meaningful Relationships?


Living an ethical life is about more than just understanding what is right and wrong. It’s also about creating meaningful relationships with the people around us and cultivating habits that help us to be a positive force in our communities. So, what practical steps can we take to cultivate meaningful relationships?


First, we can make sure that we are actively listening when engaging in conversations with others. Listening not only shows respect for the person speaking, but it also allows us to gain insight into their beliefs and values. We should also strive to be open-minded when engaging with different viewpoints; this will help us to develop empathy and understanding of different perspectives.


Second, it’s important to seek out opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between ourselves and those around us. Working together towards a common goal can bring people closer together and create strong bonds between them. Additionally, it helps foster a sense of accomplishment when working as part of a team, which leads to greater self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s own accomplishments.


Finally, we should prioritize building trust within our relationships by being honest, reliable, and supportive of others in their endeavours. Taking time out of our day to show genuine care for someone else can go a long way in strengthening our connection with them – both mentally and emotionally. Trusting relationships are essential for creating meaningful connections that last over time.


By actively listening, being open-minded, seeking out collaboration opportunities, and prioritizing trust in our relationships – we can start taking practical steps towards cultivating meaningful relationships that will serve as an important foundation for living an ethical life.


=>How Can I Make Sure I’m Open To New Experiences?


Having meaningful relationships is essential to cultivating a legacy worthy life. But in addition to that, it’s important to make sure you’re open to new experiences. Being open-minded can help us grow and learn, which can have a lasting impact on our lives.


One way of doing this is by taking risks outside of your comfort zone and trying new things. For example, if you’ve never tried rollerblading before, why not go for a few sessions? You don’t need to be an expert in the activity; just give it a go and have fun with it. Similarly, if there are activities or events you haven’t attended before, such as art gallery openings or music concerts, take the opportunity to try something new and explore what these events have offer.


Another way of being open to new experiences is by connecting with other people who come from different backgrounds than you. It could be attending lectures given by speakers from various disciplines, or even joining clubs where members share their own unique perspectives on life. These interactions can help broaden your horizons and provide insight into how others view the world differently than you do.


A third option is simply reflecting on the experiences that we encounter each day. Whether it’s something small like reading a book about a foreign culture or going for a walk in nature, all these moments can help us have an appreciation for life and its beauty. By focusing on what we are learning from each experience rather than just going through the motions, we can gain greater understanding of ourselves and others around us.


=> How Often Should I Take Time For Reflection and Writing?


Reflection is a key part of living a legacy-worthy life. It doesn’t just help us take stock of where we are; it allows us to look back, appreciate what we have accomplished, learn from our mistakes, and move forward with more focus and clarity. So how often should we take time for reflection?


The answer depends on the individual. Some people might feel the need to reflect daily or multiple times per day, while others may only need to check in with themselves once a week or even less frequently. The important thing is to find an amount of reflection that works for you. Take note of your thoughts and emotions throughout the day, and if they become overwhelming or distracting, carve out some time for yourself to sit down and process them.


For those looking to create more space in their lives for reflection, it’s helpful to plan ahead. Schedule in time for yourself each week where you can step away from the hustle and bustle of life and really reflect on what’s most important. It’s also useful to choose activities that allow you to be still with yourself; meditation or journaling are great options for this purpose. Regularly taking time out for reflection will help you live an intentional life that is full of meaning and purpose.


No matter how busy life gets, make sure you set aside time for yourself so that you can reconnect with who you are, honor your journey thus far, get clear on your values and intentions going forward – all essential components of living a legacy-worthy life.


=> Are There Tips For Pursuing Goals And Dreams and Enhavim?


Pursuing goals and dreams is an important part of a legacy worthy life. It’s the key to living with intention and purpose, rather than simply existing. Taking the time to pursue your goals, whether big or small, can help you create a life that you are proud of and that has a lasting impact.


The first step in pursuing your goals is identifying them. Take some time for reflection and brainstorm ideas for what you want to do and achieve in life. Think about what makes you happy and fulfilled, as well as how you want to contribute to the world around you. Once you have identified your goals, it’s time to make a plan. Break down each goal into small steps that will help propel you toward achieving them. Give yourself deadlines for when each step should be completed so that it’s easier to stay on track.


The next tip is to stay motivated by rewarding yourself at each milestone along the way. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, so that you feel encouraged to keep going even when things get tough or overwhelming. Also, don’t forget to ask for help if needed – having someone else who believes in your journey can be incredibly motivating! Finally, remember that it’s okay if things don’t happen exactly as planned; just keep striving towards your goals and dreams no matter what comes up along the way.


It takes hard work and dedication but focusing on pursuing your goals is an essential part of creating a meaningful life with lasting impact. Don’t give up – take action today so that tomorrow brings closer progress toward achieving them!


Living a legacy worthy life: Be.Legacy.Worthy

Living a legacy worthy life requires effort and dedication, but it is certainly achievable. I have to make sure that I am constantly striving to be true to myself and those around me. Being open to new experiences will help me to develop skills, expand my knowledge and grow as an individual. I must also take the time for self-reflection in order to ensure that I’m living my life according to my values and goals. Lastly, by putting in the work to pursue dreams and set goals, I can ensure that my life is one of meaning and purpose. All these aspects, qualities and virtues are essential if I want to live a legacy worthy life. By being mindful of these elements, I can make sure that future generations look back at me with admiration, respect and appreciation for the life I have lived.



Desiderata: History of The Inspirational Poem for a Legacy Worthy Life


Desiderata, the inspirational poem by Max Ehrmann, has been inspiring people for almost a century. The poem is still relevant today and continues to be quoted in classrooms, workplaces, and homes around the world. In this article, we explore Desiderata revisited – a modern take on the timeless words of wisdom. We will look at how the poem has been reinterpreted and adapted over time to fit different generations, cultures, and contexts. Lastly, we will discuss the importance of revisiting Desiderata in order to reflect on its powerful message of personal growth.


The origin of Desiderata goes back over 100 years, in 1920 as a Christmas card insert. Later, in 1927 when it was first published as part of Ehrmann’s book titled “A Poem of Faith”. Since then, it has become one of the most popular poems in history with millions of copies printed around the world. The poem was copyrighted but now has fallen out of copyright.  Over time, many people have taken inspiration from its words and used them to create their own versions or adaptations of the poem. It has been translated into multiple languages and interpreted in different ways.


From motivational speakers quoting lines from Desiderata before their speeches to teachers using it as a teaching tool in classrooms– its influence can be seen everywhere. As times have changed and new generations have come along, so too has the meaning behind Desiderata shifted and evolved. Its powerful message has been adapted over time and why it is important to revisit it today.


 Go Placidly Amid The Noise And The Haste


It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but it is important to take a step back and be mindful. To “go placidly” amid the noise and haste means to remain calm and collected, no matter how chaotic things may become. To take a breath, pause for a moment and embrace the serenity that comes from within.


Life can be unpredictable and overwhelming at times, yet it is possible to find peace in those moments by simply slowing down. Pay attention to your surroundings; acknowledge the beauty of nature or appreciate the joys of living in the present moment. These are simple reminders that help put life into perspective when we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.


It’s important to focus on what matters most: ourselves, our loved ones and our passions. By taking time for self-reflection and allowing ourselves time to relax, we can maintain balance in our lives while still striving towards our goals. With patience, inner strength and resilience, we can find harmony amidst the chaos of everyday life.

Remember What Peace There May Be In Silence


We often hear the phrase ‘silence is golden’, and it is true that peace can be found in stillness. When we take a moment to pause amidst all the noise and commotion of life, we can find ourselves in a tranquil state of mind. Taking time to reflect in silence can help us see our situation more clearly and make better decisions.


Our modern lives can be so full of distractions – from social media to phone calls or emails – that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But by taking even just a few minutes every day to sit in silence, we allow ourselves some much needed respite. Doing this regularly will help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings and improve our mental wellbeing.


Being able to appreciate the peace there may be in silence helps us recalibrate after all the everyday stressors we face. We should remember that although times may be difficult right now, there is still beauty to be found in moments of stillness and reflection. This reminder can give us strength during tough times and better equip us for the future ahead.


Be On Good Terms With All Persons


In order to maintain good relationships with the people around us, it’s important to take on a friendly attitude. That means being kind, understanding, and respectful. It’s not always easy to be on good terms with all persons, especially when disagreements arise. But by striving towards a state of mutual respect and understanding we can ensure that our relationships remain strong in the face of conflict.


By actively listening and considering other perspectives, we can gain insights into situations which may otherwise seem intractable. By showing empathy for those we disagree with and working towards compromise, we can bridge divides and strengthen our connections with one another. This is particularly important in times of crisis or tension when it is easy to become polarized and divided from one another.


Making an effort to be considerate of everyone in our lives will help create a more harmonious environment for all parties involved. A little kindness goes a long way towards creating positive relationships that stand the test of time. In this way, we can make sure that our interactions with others are both productive and pleasant.

Your Truth Quietly And Clearly


It’s important to be confident and honest in your communication with others. Speaking your truth, however, shouldn’t be done in a way that’s loud and aggressive. It should be done calmly and clearly. That way, everyone involved can understand what is being said without feeling intimidated or judged.


When it comes to speaking up, it’s essential to ensure that you’re not talking over anyone else. Make sure to give the other person a chance to respond before continuing with your thoughts or opinions. This will prevent any misunderstanding or conflict between the two parties and create an atmosphere of respect and understanding.


Additionally, it’s important to think before you speak. Take time to consider your words carefully before expressing them aloud – this will help ensure that your message is clear and concise, allowing for meaningful dialogue between both parties. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to communicate effectively while maintaining good relationships with those around you.


Enjoy Your Achievements, Keep Interested In Your Career


It’s important to take time to recognize our accomplishments. Acknowledging what we have achieved and celebrating our successes can provide us with a sense of satisfaction, boosting our self-confidence and helping us become more motivated. By giving ourselves the opportunity to feel proud of our achievements, we can stay interested in our career, which is essential for continued growth and development.


Having an ongoing interest in our work helps us stay focused on the bigger picture. We can explore different paths within our career, taking on new challenges and expanding our skill set. This keeps us engaged with the profession and allows us to keep up with industry trends. It also provides us with opportunities to network, collaborate and make meaningful connections that could open the door to further professional advancement.


Remaining dedicated and passionate about our career is key for success. We should strive to be actively involved in activities related to our profession so that we can continually grow, learn new things and remain inspired to do great work.


Exercise Caution In Your Business Affairs


When it comes to business, it’s important to exercise caution. There are a lot of risks associated with financial decisions, and it can be easy to get caught up in quick profits without considering the long-term consequences. That’s why it’s important to take your time when making decisions and think carefully about the implications these decisions may have.


It’s also wise to speak with experts before committing to any kind of venture or purchase. Doing your research can help you understand more about the situation at hand and make more informed choices. Additionally, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to back away from a deal that looks too good to be true.


It pays off to be vigilant when dealing with business matters. Taking the extra effort can ensure that you’re making sound investments and avoiding potential pitfalls or scams. Be mindful of potential risks and trust your instincts – they’ll often give you guidance in difficult situations.


Do Not Feign Affection


“Do not feign affection” is an important reminder for us to be true and honest in our relationships. The real currency is Relationship Riches so invest wisely. It can be difficult to control our feelings towards others, and sometimes we may find ourselves trying to manipulate them. But this kind of behavior can be damaging and have a negative impact on our lives in the long run.


Feigning affection might seem like a harmless way to get what we want, but it can lead to unintended consequences such as creating false expectations or leading someone on. This can create a sense of distrust between people, as well as hurt feelings and confusion. It’s best to be honest about our feelings and intentions so that everyone involved understands the situation clearly.


By being authentic with others, we can build strong relationships that are based on mutual respect and trust. We should strive for meaningful connections with people, rather than short-term satisfaction from pretending to feel something we don’t. Living authentically helps us form genuine bonds with those around us and leads to healthier, more satisfying relationships.


Nurture Strength of Spirit


Nurturing strength of spirit is something that each of us can do to better our lives and the lives of those around us. It’s an act that requires dedication, focus, and resilience; it’s not something that happens overnight. There are many ways to nurture one’s inner strength such as taking care of oneself physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Self-care practices like exercise, journaling, reflection, meditating, and getting enough rest are all great ways to maintain a healthy spirit. Additionally, surrounding oneself with positive people and activities can help foster peace and build up one’s inner strength. Taking time for oneself to unwind from the stressors of life can also be beneficial in order to reset and recharge the mind.


By engaging in activities that bring joy and nourish the soul, we can cultivate a strong sense of self-confidence and greater self-awareness. This kind of awareness provides a foundation for growth which will benefit us in both our personal and professional lives. Building strength of spirit isn’t easy but it is rewarding because it leads to greater contentment within ourselves.


Allowing ourselves to take the necessary steps needed to nurture our spirits will lead us to a more fulfilling life experience.


 Be Gentle With Yourself


As we move through life, it is important to remember to be gentle with ourselves. We must practice self-compassion and recognize that we are all human and make mistakes. It is easy to be overly harsh on ourselves and criticize our failures, but we should strive for a more balanced approach.


When we nurture the strength of spirit within us, it can help us take a step back from difficult moments and treat ourselves with kindness. We should acknowledge our achievements but also forgive ourselves for our shortcomings. This will allow us to grow in both mind and body, while understanding that there will be times when things don’t go as planned.


With this mindset, we can continue our journey through life with a greater sense of self-awareness and peace of mind. Taking the time to honor our successes and learn from our mistakes can build resilience and give us the motivation to keep pushing forward on the path ahead.


Be At Peace With God


The importance of being at peace with God cannot be overstated. To do this, we must first become aware of our connection to the divine, and recognize that it is a two-way street. We must be open to receiving divine guidance while also respecting that we are all on our own unique paths. Additionally, making time for self-reflection and prayer can help us stay connected to our higher selves, allowing us to more easily access the peace that comes from being in harmony with God’s will.


Having a sense of peace within ourselves can help cultivate an overll feeling of contentment and gratitude in every aspect of our lives – both spiritual and secular. When we are able to find balance between spiritual and worldly pursuits, it can bring us closer to the understanding that everything is interconnected. In turn, this allows us to move forward with greater confidence in the knowledge that we are held in the loving embrace of God’s grace.


It is important to remember that no matter what life throws at us, or how difficult things may seem at times, there is always hope; hope for new beginnings and inner healing when we open ourselves up to God’s love and mercy. Taking time out from our everyday lives to spend in contemplation can help strengthen our relationship with Him and ultimately lead us towards a place of peace where we feel safe, secure, loved and accepted for who we truly are.


Gracefully Surrender The Things Of Youth


As we journey through life, it can be hard to let go of things that were once important to us. We may cling onto our youth and the memories associated with it, but it is important to gracefully surrender these things as we grow older. Instead of viewing this process as a loss, we should take the opportunity to appreciate how far we have come and look ahead towards new experiences.


Rather than holding on too tightly to the things of our past, we should find ways to adjust and adapt to life’s changes. This could mean trying out new hobbies or making different career choices. By allowing ourselves room for growth, we can embrace the present moment and trust that life will bring us both joy and comfort in due time.


It may seem daunting at first, but by releasing our attachments to the past, we can create space for something more meaningful in our lives. Letting go is not a sign of weakness but rather an act of strength – one which can help us become more content with who we are and where we are going in life.

Keep Peace In Your Soul


When it comes to the things of youth, we must accept that they are transient. We may come to the realization that our young years have passed, and this can be a difficult process. But amidst all of the change, there is one thing we can maintain: peace in our souls.


Peace within oneself is something that can be cultivated through mindful practices. By taking time out of each day for stillness and reflection, we can create an inner balance and harmony that will bring us closer to our own sense of peace. We can also use positive affirmations to remind ourselves that our true nature is one of peace and joy.


By keeping peace within our souls, we are better equipped to navigate the changes of life with grace and equanimity. As we surrender the things of youth and take on new roles and responsibilities, having a sense of inner serenity gives us strength and resilience to face whatever lies ahead. This way, as we move forward on our journey, we carry with us a source of strength from within.


Be Cheerful


Being cheerful is a great way to keep peace in your soul. It is an attitude and outlook that can help us to face life’s challenges, no matter how difficult or overwhelming they may be. By looking for the positives in various situations, we can find joy even when there is adversity.


Rather than letting our minds go to the negative aspects of a situation, it’s important to focus on the positives. Doing this allows us to be more resilient in difficult times, and helps us remain hopeful for the future. It also helps cultivate optimism and appreciation for our lives as we remember that there are many things to be grateful for.


Fostering a cheerful attitude is a powerful tool for self-care, allowing us to take control of our emotions instead of letting them take control of us. Taking the time to appreciate what we have and find joy in everyday moments can make all the difference in how we view ourselves and our place in this world.


Strive To Be Happy


The idea of striving to be happy is an important one. It’s something we should all strive for, no matter our age or circumstance. Allowing ourselves to be content and at peace with our lives is key to attaining true happiness.


To do this, we must accept that the path to true joy isn’t a linear one. We need to resist the urge to compare ourselves with others, and instead work on cultivating our own individual happiness. This may require us to take time away from our regular routines and make conscious efforts towards developing healthier habits and outlooks that better serve us in the long run.


It’s not easy, but it is possible. Identifying our triggers and taking steps towards addressing them can lead us closer towards a more positive frame of mind. Being kinder to ourselves and having patience as we navigate these challenging times will help us all find true satisfaction in life.


Love Is As Perennial As The Grass


Love is a powerful emotion that can be felt all around us. It has no boundaries, transcending nations and cultures alike. As such, it can be seen as an ever-present force in our lives. Despite the passing of time, love remains eternal and unchanging, just like the grass that never stops growing.


The power of love is undeniable; it has the capacity to impact us on an emotional level that nothing else can match. We often feel blessed when we experience love in its purest form; however, we must remember to nurture this feeling and not take it for granted. Without treasuring love, it can slip away from us like a gentle breeze in the wind.


We must strive to be open to whatever life throws at us, so that we may embrace love in all its forms; with this mindset, we will be able to find joy and happiness in our lives. Love is indeed as perennial as the grass – never ceasing to exist even when times are difficult or uncertain. Through recognizing this fact and cherishing what love brings us, we will be able to create a more positive outlook on life and make lasting memories with those we care about most.

‘Desiderata’ the poem and inspiration

The words of Max Ehrmann in his poem ‘Desiderata’ have been inspiring people for generations. We can all take something away from the poem, and remember that peace is found within ourselves. There are simple things we can do to stay on good terms with others, be honest and clear in our communication, and appreciate our achievements.


Maintaining peace in our souls is crucial to achieving a sense of contentment and joy. We should strive to keep a positive attitude, even when life gets tough. We should also remember that love is ever-present, and like the grass it will sprout up again no matter how often it may be trampled upon.


The timeless wisdom of Desiderata is as relevant today as when it was first written many years ago. By following its advice, we can find inner peace and happiness which will spread out into the world around us. Let us remember: go placidly amid the noise and haste, keep interested in your career, strive to be happy – these are invaluable lessons for a fulfilled life worth living all part of a legacy worthy life.



Desiderata Revisited: Embrace Your Dreams and Enhavim

Go calmly in the midst of life’s chaotic pace, And find the solace that lies in stillness and grace. Keep peace with all, and never give up the fight, For harmony and love bring hope and joy to light.

Embrace your dreams and enhavim. Your purpose and mission are led by vision. See what is unique to you, And follow your heart, for it knows what’s true. Be gentle with yourself, for you are a precious gem, And cherish each moment, for life is short, my friend.

Take care of your health, for it is your greatest wealth, And never forget to laugh and enjoy yourself. Though the world may seem harsh and its troubles may grow, Know that the stars still shine, and the sun still glows.

So go forth with courage, and hold your head up high, And never let go of the love that lights up the sky. For you are a being of immense potential and power, And the world is waiting for you to blossom like a flower.*

*Flower as in rose, Sherrie Rose



Desiderata Revisited: A Poem for the Journey Ahead

In a world filled with noise and endless pace, We must find a way to find some space, Amidst the chaos, we must hold fast, To the peace that lies within us at last.

Take a deep breath, and let it flow, Through the valleys and over the hills you go, And remember, it’s the journey that counts, Not just the destination that you’ve figured out.

Reach out your hand, and hold on tight, To the good in this world, with all your might, Be on good terms with all that you meet, As far as possible, without defeat.

And when you feel like you’ve lost your way, Just look to the sky, and see the stars that lay, Guiding you back to the path you know, A path filled with love, peace, and hope to grow.

So hold your head high, and walk with grace, Through this life’s journey, at your own pace, And trust in the journey that lies ahead, Desiderata, a path to peace and rest.



Desiderata Revisited: A Poem for the Modern Age

Go gently through this world with grace, Amidst the noise and rush of life’s pace. Take solace in the stillness and the calm, And let peace be the guide that keeps you calm.

Strive for harmony, both near and far, And seek the good in others, just as you are. Forgive what’s past and let it be, Embrace the present, it’s the only key.

Embrace the journey, both bright and rough, For it will shape you, help you rise above. And when you falter, do not despair, For hope is waiting, always there.

Be grateful for the love you’ve known, And hold it close, make it your own. And though the road ahead may be unclear, Have faith in yourself, persevere.

So go forth, dear traveler, with courage and might, And let Desiderata be your guiding light. For in this world of noise and haste, It’s peace and love that lead to grace.


Desiderata Revisited: A Poem for Life

Go gently through the busy world, my friend, And let the quiet stillness be your guide. Amidst the noise and hurry, find your peace, In the silence that surrounds you, be at ease.

Reach out to others, but do not surrender, The values and beliefs that make you who you are. Be kind and gentle to all you may meet, And let your love and compassion show so bright.

Take time to breathe, to look at nature’s beauty, And find joy in simple things, like sun and sky. Do not be burdened by worries or regrets, Embrace life with a smile and a heart full of grace.

Desiderata, words of wise, A message to all of us, a prize, To live life peacefully, amidst all strife, And find joy in the little things, throughout life.

Go gently, through the noise and the rush, And take time to cherish the quiet hush, For in the stillness, a peace you will find, A solace for your soul, for your heart and mind.

With grace, reach out to all you meet, Be kind and forgiving, with each passing street, Forgiving is a gift, to both you and them, Bringing peace and harmony, where anger might have been.

Take time to enjoy the beauty around, In the sunshine, the flowers, and the sounds, For in life’s simple moments, true joy abounds, And happiness is found, in little things all around.

So live your life with purpose, with drive, And follow your dreams, with hope and pride, For you are unique, with talents so rare, And a gift to this world, beyond compare.

So embrace life with courage, with heart, And remember always, the words of Desiderata’s art, For they hold a truth, so simple, so wise, That will guide you through life, with love and peace in your eyes.


Desiderata Revisited: A Message for the Ages


Desiderata, a message for the ages, A call to live with purpose, hope, and peace. Remember this, as you navigate life’s road, And always find your way back to your true home.

Desiderata, a word of sage advice, In a world of chaos and constant strife. Amidst the noise and haste of daily life, It’s easy to forget what brings true life.

But there is peace to be found in the silence, Where worries fade and the mind grows calm. So let us strive to embrace its presence, And find serenity that’s free from harm.

And as we journey through this journey of life, Let us strive to be on good terms with all. For though we may differ in our beliefs and strife, Together we can rise, and answer life’s call.

So let us live each day with grace and love, Forgiving those who wrong us, and showing mercy. For only in this way can we rise above, And find the happiness that will never cease to be.

So take these words, and hold them in your heart, For they are the Desiderata, a guide to be. And may they lead you to a peaceful start, In a world that’s full of love, for you and me.


Desiderata Revisited: To Keep Our Peace

Amidst the chaos of the world so loud, Where rush and noise do daily abound, A peaceful calm, we must retrieve, And find solace in the stillness within.

Let us strive to keep our peace unbroken, Though hardships come and tempts bespoken. For in the chaos, lies a chance to grow, And strength to face life’s ebbs and flows.

On friendly terms, let us make our stand, With all the people in our land, And spread the love that we impart, From heart to heart, and soul to heart.

So take a moment, close your eyes, And let the world just slip away, Find peace within yourself, so dear, And keep the Desiderata near.

For in this life, with all its strife, We must remember what gives us life, A calmness deep and true, that flows, Bringing comfort, where e’er we go.


Desiderata Revisited: A Tranquil Calm


Amidst the chaos and the rush, A tranquil calm can be a hush. So let us strive to find some peace, In moments when the world must cease.

With grace and poise we must proceed, And hold our ground with all we need. For though the world may pull us down, Our spirit will remain unbound.

So let us walk with heads held high, And spread our love to all that’s nigh. For in this world of endless strife, We must bring joy and hope to life.

And when the day has reached its end, And we lay down to sleep again, We’ll know we’ve lived a life well-spent, With kindness and with grace we’ve lent.

So go forth with joy and courage too, And let your spirit shine anew. For in this world of endless night, We must bring hope and light to sight.



Desiderata Revisited: A Better Path

Amidst the chaos and the rush, We search for peace and quiet hush. In this fast-paced world we live, It’s hard to find the time to give.

But if we pause, take a deep breath, We’ll find that there’s a better path. To a life that’s calm and serene, Where worries and stresses are not seen.

So let us strive to be at peace, With all who cross our path and lease. And though we may not always win, Let us not surrender, let us grin.

For in this life, we have the power, To make the world a brighter flower. By spreading love, joy and delight, We can make each day a brilliant light.

So let us cherish every moment, And let our hearts be filled with content. For in this world, there is a place, Where we can find solace, love and grace.


Desiderata Revisited: The Simple Notion


In this world of chaos and commotion We often forget the simple notion Of finding peace within our own mind Leaving behind the stress we can’t unwind

So let us go with grace and poise Amidst the noise and all the noise And seek the silence that lies within Where calmness dwells and peace begins

As we journey through this life with care Let’s strive to be kind and fair And hold good relationships in sight For in this lies our greatest might

So embrace the journey with a smile And cherish every moment, mile by mile For the journey may be long and tough But its rewards are simply more than enough

So let us live with purpose and with heart And make the most of every part For in this world of noise and rush Desiderata shows us what is just.


Desiderata Revisited: A Chance for Friendship

Amidst the chaos and the rush, A calming voice speaks soft and hushed. It whispers words of wisdom wise, And guides us to serene skies.

Go gently, it implores us so, And find the peace that lies below. The noise and strife that surrounds us all, Can be hushed, with a calm heart and a quiet call.

In every person that we meet, A chance for friendship lies at our feet. Be kind, and hold no grudges tight, For in this world of ours, peace is always in sight.

And though life may be uncertain at times, With every challenge comes a chance to shine. So embrace each obstacle, with all your might, For in facing them, you’ll see the light.

So hold onto hope, and never fear, For a brighter tomorrow is always near. And when the world seems too much to bear, Remember the Desiderata, and find peace and care.


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A Legacy Worthy Life: Desiderata

Desiderata is life’s favorite creed,
It warns us away from selfish need,
It speaks of treating our brother kind,
Our actions should be in peace and mild.
Attitude is open and uplifting,
Think more and share with gifting,
When feeling lost and all alone,
Live life with courage simply known.

Desiderata: Revisited, Re-imagined, Reconsidered

Another version Desiderata

Another version Desiderata

Frank McNally Desiderata

Les Crane, 1971, Desiderata spoken word music

les-crane-desiderata spoken word 1971



# What Is A Legacy Worthy Life?

# Living A Life With Enhavim

# Cultivating Relationships

# Learning To Adapt And Grow

# The Power Of Gratitude

# Taking Responsibility For Your Actions

# Creating A Positive Mindset

# Giving Back To The Community

# Living With Integrity

# Embracing Change

# Making A Difference

# Facing And Overcoming Challenges

# Staying Connected To Your Roots

# Finding Balance In Life




Desiderata: Original Poem Text

This is the original text from the book where Desiderata was first published.

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Desiderata (things desired) written 1920, ©1927, public domain 2023
published in 1948 in ‘The Poems of Max Ehrmann’

Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) was a scholar and poet, who graduated from DePauw University and later studied law and philosophy at Harvard University.  He was the youngest of five children, born September 16, 1872, in Terre Haute, Indiana, of German immigrant parents.

The poem “Desiderata” is a not a historical text from 1692 falsely claimed in a common myth that the Desiderata poem was found in a church in Baltimore.

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