Inspirational poems can recapture what has been lost in our lives to keep our courage and move past our ruts and challenges. There is no limit to the inspiration or wisdom that could come through a great poem. The Dalai Lama said, "We don't need more money, we don't need greater success of fame, we don't need the perfect body or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness." Life's experiences and struggles can be a challenge but through poems, such as Desiderata, we can find the motivation to move forward in a new spirit.
"Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things") is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in a devotional and after spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972.