Desiderata, from desideratum, meaning something necessary greatly longed for.The Desiderata
Go placidly among the noise and 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 the dull and 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 and bitter; for there will always be greater and lessor persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possesion in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, 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 attention.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is a perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield in sudden misfortune.
But do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and lonliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with youself.
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, do doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you concieve him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all it's sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmman, 1927
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