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  • Writer's pictureMichael Kennedy

Three Delicious Words


[dwendā] ~ A quality of passion and inspiration... having soul. A Spanish term loosely defined as a collection of values whose worth is so inherent no outside applause is necessary.


[shi-boo-me] ~ A Japanese term loosely defined as a state of effortless perfection; authority without domination... infinite refinement underlying commonplace appearances.

[dɪˌzɪdəˈrɑːtə] ~ (Latin: "things desired") Desiderata was a famous poem by Max Ehrmann. It's about the desired qualities of the soul and heart, grounded in psychology, philosophy, and science. “Desiderata” has inspired people for nearly a century. Here's a taste of Ehrmann's poem:

"GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons... 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

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