Desiderata

There so many resources in this world to help you in whatever plight you’re in. Friends and family, experts, professionals, books, even some television shows have a value.

For me, when I’m feeling blue, bored, down and under. I turn to the written word. To my favorite books, to my favorite blogs.

Thanks to Pinoyblog, I discovered this post and a poem in two wonderful version. First the original English version, and then the translated Tagalog version. So beautiful. I’m so easily touched by these things that I am close to tears just thinking about the poem.

The original:

Desiderata

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

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and 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 with your soul.

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

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

The tagalog version:

Humayo nang panatag
Sa gitna ng ingay at pagmamadali, at tandaang
May kapayapaang matatagpuan sa katahimikan.
Hangga’t maaari nang walang pagsuko,
Makipagkapwa-tao.
Bigkasin ang iyong katotohanan nang mahinahon at
Malinaw, at makinig sa iba, kahit sa mapurol o mangmang:
Sila ma’y may kanilang salaysayin.

Iwasan ang mga taong maingay at magaspang; sila’y
Nakakarindi sa diwa.
Kung ihahambing mo ang sarili sa iba, maaaring
Maging hambog at masamain ang loob pagka’t
Laging may hihigit sa iyo at may hihigtan ka.
Masiyahan ka sa iyong mga natamo, gayundin sa iyong mga balak.
Manatiling buhos ang iyong kalooban sa mga gawain, gaano man
Kababa; tunay itong kayamanan sa nagbabagong panahon.
Maging maingat sa pakikipagkalakalan pagka’t ang mundo’y
Batbat ng panlilinlang. Subalit huwag hayaang
Makabulag ito sa iyon sa anumang kabutihang mayroon; maraming
Nagpupunyagi para sa mga adhikaing dakila; at sa lahat ng dako,

Ang buhay ay lipos ng kabayahinan.
Huwag magkunwari laluna ng pagmamahal.
Huwag ding tatalikuran ang pag-ibig, pagka’t sa gitna ng
Katigangan at kalungkutan, kailanma’y uusbong
At nabubuhay itong tulad ng damo.
Maluwag na tanggapin ang payo ng katandaan; banayad
Na isuko ang mga bagay ng kamusmusan.
Arugain ang tibay ng loob na sasalag sa mga biglaang
Sakuna. Ngunit huwag panlulumo sa mga guni-guni.
Maraming takot ang dulot ng pagod at kalungkutan.
Sa kabila ng malusog na disiplina, maging mabait sa iyong sarili.

Anak ka ng sanlibutan, tulad ng mga punungkahoy at bituin;
May lugar ka rito. At malinaw man sa iyo o hindi,
Walang alinlangang bumubukadkad ang daigdig ayon sa nararapat
Kaya maging panatag ka sa Diyos, anuman ang pagkakakilala mo sa kanya,
At anuman ang iyong mga gawain at mithiin, sa maingay na
Kalituhan ng buhay, panatilihin mong panatag ang iyong kalooban.
Sa kabila ng panlilinlang, kawalang-buhay at mga gumuguhong pangarap,
Maganda pa rin ang mundo.

Mag-ingat. Magsikap lumigaya.

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21 Comments.

  1. Profound. Ngayon ko lang nabasa ito Tin. Salamat for sharing.

  2. Thess: you’re very welcome!

  3. i’ve always loved this poem. it’s very well written and just by reading it, it gives me the impression that peace is just there, i just have to conquer myself.. be at peace with myself.

  4. I didn’t know about the Tagalog one till you posted it. Thank you. It sent shivers up my spine. Ang ganda.

  5. I think Tito Rolls and Jay have the mp3 tagalog version too. Desiderata is a wonderful poem to guide a person as he lives his life. :)

  6. Labis na nakakaantig ng damdamin. Siya nating patnubay sa pagharap sa mga hamon ng buhay.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ang ganda naman nito. Angkop sa magulong mundo. Sino kayo ang nagsalin sa Tagalog? Magaling siya sapagkat napakamapayapa ng mga salita.

  8. It’s a delight to know people who also love the Desiderata, full of insights and definitely nutritious food for thought. During our college graduation in the baccalaureate mass, it was included in the readings during the mass. It was the perfect time to digest every word in the poem. I’ve loved it ever since. Thanks for sharing!

  9. ‘there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself’

    Thats my fave line! Nice noh?

  10. Saludos para todos. Estoy convencido que ese poema no lo escribio Max Ehrmann. Estoy verificando un dato encontrado en un libro de historia donde hay un texto con mucha similitud a lo que conocemos como DESIDERATA, y corresponde a varios siglos atras.

  11. Hi Tin,
    Thanks for this poem and the tagalog version..very motivational..

  12. Nostalgia Manila

    I’ve been reading this poem every single day for many years. I read this every time I get up in the morning.

    Great blog you have here. Really good to read, a lot of good info. Would love to do a link exchange with you. :)

    http://nostalgiamanila.blogspot.com

    Keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,
    –Nostalgia Manila

  13. I first learned about desiderata when I was in 1st or 2nd year high school. I saw a frame of it hanging on the wall of the house of a very distant relative who lived in the US.

    No one is leaving in their house since they moved to the United States. My mother visits their house every week to check if everything is alright.

    One time I accompanied my mother to that house and saw Desiderata on the wall. It was a big frame. On the spot, I was moved by its maxims.

    I immediately copied the poem and memorize it within an hour and since then I used it as a guide to my life. I always share it to my friends and to every co-worker of every company that I am working. I always see to it that I have a copy of it printed on a paper and pinned on my table (working area).

    For me it is the most inspiring literary piece.

    Thank you for sharing the tagalog version of it. Napaka eksakto ng pag kakasalin sa wikang Pilipino.

    Sana patuloy ang pagkalat nito sa maraming tao para magkaroon ng magandang panuntunan sa buhay, pamumuhay at sa pakikipag kapwa tao anuman ang relihiyong kina aaniban.

    Maraming salamat.

    Luis

  14. Super duper beautiful!
    May matututunan ka talaga sa poem na ito.!
    Sino kaya ang nagsalin nito, ang galing naman niya.I love this poem verry much!also the english and tagalog version.i like it.
    thankzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. thanks for reposting the tagalog version.

    it was translated by a veteran activist couple who are both very involved in the people’s movement until now. the translated poem was a birthday gift for their daughter. :-)

  16. and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story. that’s my favorite line,,,

  17. very nice poem with regard the personality of your self or in short tour mirror

  18. alvie jane c. latigay

    Upon reading it,ive learned lot of important things about life…wow..this poem uses powerful words to attract readers like me.It will inspire everybody.It poses great attitude!!!Good luck to you dear writer!!!

  19. _infaiRnEss p0uH_

    _anG gaNda2 nG Desiderata_

    _pROmisE_

    __I lOvE it tLga_

    _mapa EnGlish vErsion man O tGalOg_

    _it’z vEry9 tRuE!_

    _Tnx_

    chErYl

  20. _anD it’z_

    _vEry3_

    _inSpiriNg_

    _lalO na pOuh_

    _sa mGa kBataanG 2Lad kO_

    _HopE i cAn rEad mOre inspiring pOem lyk_

    _dEsidErata_

    _God blEsS us all_

    _

  21. Matagal na sa aking dingding nakasabit ang tula na ito, ngayon ko lang natagpuan ang salin nito sa wika natin, maganda,kasin lalim at halos walang pinag-iba sa orihinal ang dating.

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