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You're most welcome, Porgy!


I just found this Plum and so glad that I did! Thank you!


My word! Thanks for the comments AND the info!


Ah, now that you mention it, yes, "Be careful" did ring slightly off key, but I didn't understand why. Thanks for sleuthing out the truth, Pat.


How many of you were slightly jarred when reading this lovely piece when you got to "Be careful" because it didn't fit between the sentences that preceded and followed? Here's why:

"Perhaps in an attempt to avoid copyright issues, sometimes the words have been changed. One of these deviations is from the original words “Be cheerful” to “Be careful.” While this change might not be in the spirit of Ehrmann’s writings, the true ending in both of these versions, “Strive to be happy,” is." ~

So much wonderful advice. Thank you, Plum.


This was the theme for my HS class in '72; featured in the yearbook.


Not to mention "mendacity" and "stupidity." among others.


Now look what you've done! Good on ya! The past few years have been so filled with wickedness, cruelty, debauchery, and misery that you've apparently struck a powerful note of peace with Desiderata. Sharing to Facebook!


Thanks, Andy. I agree!


Probably more relevant than ever, Plum, though every period of time has trials and tribulations. Some basic sound advice in those words, for all folks, I think. Good choice in posting this. I hope it gets a lot of attention!! :-)


Thanks for going along with me for a jaunt down memory lane, folks. I think this is as relevant today as it was in the past.


Wow. I haven't thought about this since the 60's, while in highschool. It touched me touches me now. Thanks for the post. I sure wish "that person " in the White House would read this.


According to this it was written in 1927:


"In 1956, the Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included "Desiderata" in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation. The compilation included the church's foundation date, "Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore AD 1692," which readers subsequently took, and sometimes still do take, to be the date of the poem's composition."


Annie I remember this from the 60's as well. I have always liked it.


Like Annie, I remember this from an earlier time. And it sounds as fresh and yet familiar now as it did then. Thank for sharing it, Plum.


Thanks, Annie. I found this among some papers I was sorting into "keep" and "throw" piles. No idea where it came from, but I thought it was interesting.


Forgot to say thank you in first message.


I know this well from my hippie days in the 1960s, and it has informed my life to a greater or lesser degree ever since. Probably not composed in 1692, but thoughtful nonetheless.

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