Photo: Max Ehrmann Statue in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. Credit - Art Spaces
'Desiderata', Max Ehrmann's passage starts out with the line, 'Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence'. Placidly meaning something that is calm and serene. When you go placidly, you go in silence, in peace, like in nature with only the birds chirping to keep you company.
When some people think of 2020 they think of chaos, uncertainty, and a lack of stability. This piece of writing by Ehrmann could guide you in these difficult times with phrases that fill your mind with hope and direction. There is something for everyone to focus on.
When Ehrmann wrote 'Desiderata' in 1927 it was two years before The Great Depression. Maybe he felt the need or inspiration to pen this at this time for what was to come. I sure it would have been valuable to anyone who suffered during that time.
For our future we hope everyone can feel the placidly meaning and 'Go Placidly' for the rest of 2020, taking on all the challenges that we are facing and will face moving forward.
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