I’m not sure if everyone knows the significance of why I named the boat “Desiderata” it’s Latin for”desired things” and is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. It’s the philosophy I try and live my life by and has always helped me keep things in perspective in this rapidly changing crazy world we live in today.

Several of the guys in the boatyard were curious about it because it is of Latin origin and apparently Latin and Spanish are very similar so I found a Spanish version on my laptop and showed it to Guillermo who is fabricating and welding my davits. He looked at me after he read it and I could tell me he was moved by it and told me it was bonito (beautiful) He had to go back to the shop to get another tool but I saw him talking to a couple of other guys and soon after one of them comes up and rattles off something in Spanish to which I replied no comprende.  He referenced the boat name and I understood him to want to see the translation as well. His name was Diego. I got the laptop and handed it to him and he took such a long time reading it.  When he was finished he looked at me with so much emotion and passion and rattled something else off to which I no comprendo.  But he took my one hand firmly in his and put his other hand on the back of my neck and leaned into me which I understood he wanted to pray with me.  I have no idea what he said but I could feel the warmth from his expression in what he was saying and feel the firmness and conviction that he was holding me with and it was such a warm special human connection with someone I hardly know.  Got to say it made my day!  If you’ve never read Desiderata I’ve added a link to on the upper left hand column for future reference or I’ve added it below.  Might make you feel good!

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.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

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.

Max Ehrmann

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!




2 thoughts on “Desiderata

  1. Jack Whittall says:

    Feliz Navidad Martin Edward! It sounds like your happiness is growing daily which is well deserved! I still can’t believe you’re sailing solo – but your passion is obvious and your sailing knowledge looks to be increasing! Here are two of the most important espanol phrases – dos cervesa por favor? and Los Banos por favor! But I’m sure you already knew them!!! Safe sailing and keep blogging!!!


  2. friedfish says:

    Hey Jack! You know from you’re travels what a great experience it is to meet and develop relationships with people from other countries and that’s one of the best parts to me. I’m meeting many single handled sailors so it’s actually not that unusual. I’m assuming it’s one of the the best ways to avoid compromise and arguments 😉
    Have a great Christmas!


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