There is an inexplicable beauty in poetry. Whenever you immerse yourself in some old literature, the classics which are windows to sepia-tinted worlds, a feeling of warmth envelops you. It is a truly wonderful feeling to realize that these poets and writers have experienced similar emotions and feelings of joy and pain. They have undergone similar doubts and conflicts.
To be understood and to connect deeply with literature is very therapeutic. Often we feel extremely lonely and abandoned in our agony and difficulties. But literature helps us connect with humanity and understand that we are all in this together. To find a companion in a poet and have someone put into words the turbulence of emotions we experience within is truly a gift.
Over the years, human beings have not really changed much when it comes to the most basic human expressions and reactions. We still have similar responses to events of happiness and sadness. Our human qualities have remained the same over long periods of time.
The innate goodness in us does not alter just due to changes in time. Years might have passed between you and your favorite poet but his words still resound in you because they still ring true in your day and age.
Max Ehrmann’s poem named Desiderata is a work of art that expresses and emphasizes those things in life which are extremely important to us. It is a message to all of us to remember to be kind, honest, respectful and open-minded. As human beings, we need to be understanding and liberal. Be independent and creative. And most importantly love ourselves and others.
In today’s world of self-centeredness and selfishness, it is essential to preach and practice compassion and peace. This ensures wholesome and healthy lifestyles and relationships, and a resulting brilliant community.
Read this poem down below whenever you feel consumed by self-doubts and depression. Whenever life seems really difficult and you fail to find the strength to carry on and progress in life, you should read this poem to heal yourself.
The message in here helps you to open up your mind and heart and calm yourself. It helps you get your focus back on things that are important to you, of utmost priority in your life.