In 1927 American writer Max Ehrmann wrote a prose-poem entitled “Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”)
Although it remained relatively unknown during the author’s lifetime it became widely, and well, known following its use in devotionals and recordings in the early seventies.
A good many of you may have come across the ‘Desiderata’ from time to time, it appears in books, on wall plaques and decorative pieces, it appears on posters… its messages are simple and elegantly put. It gives a lot of people a way to cope with the pressures and the demands of modern life. I took it upon myself to adapt the masterpiece and give it the flavour for our culture, our “night kind” existence.
Plagiarism? No, simply a personal insight that I choose to share in the hopes that it may help someone else.
In memoriam, Max Ehrman, September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945.
One Vampyre’s Desiderata
Go quietly amid the night and the dark, and remember what peace there may be in the moonlight and the silence.
As far as you may, without surrender, be on good terms with your brothers and sisters of kind. Speak your truth quietly and with clear conviction; and listen to others, even though they may seem dull and ignorant, for they too have a story and within this, wisdoms.
Suffer not the belligerent, the loud, and the aggressive person for they are vexatious to the spirit and have nought to offer the intelligent and wise.
Beware comparing yourself to others for you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be both greater and lesser than you. Simply be the best you can be.
Enjoy your achievements, use them as foundations for your plans.
Keep interested in your culture, both worldly and of the darkness, it is a strong and sure possession in changing times. Know, and remember, who you are.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery but do not let this blind you to what virtue there is. Many persons strive to meet high ideals; and everywhere the night is full of heroism.
To yourself remain true.
Do not feign affection. Be neither cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly and be mindful of the counsel of years, surrender gracefully those things of youth which are no longer needed.
Nurture your own strength of spirit to shield you against misfortune but do not distress yourself with sombre imaginings. Many are the fears that are born out of fatigue and loneliness.
Within a wholesome discipline, be good to yourself.
You are a child of the night, no less than the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether it is clear to you or not, the universe is unfolding just as it should.
Therefore; be at peace with your God or Gods, whatever you perceive them to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations might be, in the noisy confusion and chaos of the mundane world keep peace within your soul. Despite all the sham, drudgery, lies and broken dreams the night world is indeed beautiful and nurturing.
Strive, at all times, to remain cheerful. Strive for happiness in all that you are.
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