On the last day of the year: Desiderata.

Growing up in Mexico, Desiderata, the famous poem about life, was recited in Spanish by Arturo Benavides. I never thought it originated in the United States. Recently, I learned that it was written by American writer Max Ehrman, from Indiana, in 1927; and that a court ruling in the 70s has made of Desiderata a public domain.

Desiderata has influenced many: soldiers, business people, teachers, and students. And I bet you Ehrmann never thought it would cross borders. In Latin America Desiderata is well-known, cherished, and it has influenced many people as well.

In the last day of 2015, this poem is appropriate because it inspires, it makes you think, and it brings up principles –although some excerpts may not apply in life at the age of tech and eternal youth.

In celebration of all things multicultural, I have included Desiderata in its original version first, and in another video below you’ll find Desiderata, recited by Arturo Benavides,  Enjoy!

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.

Tu eres una criatura del universo, no menos que los arboles y las estrellas. tienes derecho a existir, y sea que te resulte claro o no, el universo marcha como debiera. Y entonces, haz la paz con Dios, como quiera que lo creas.

Content by Lupita Peimbert. @Lupitanews.