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Desiderata

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            "DESIDERATA"

      Go placidly amid 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 & clearly;
      and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant;
      they too have their story.

      Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
      they are vexations to the spirit.

      If you compare yourself with others,
      you may become vain & 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 future 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 & disenchantment it is 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 imaginings.
      Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.
      Beyond wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

      You are a child of the universe, no less than
      the trees & 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 & aspirations, in the noisy
      confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
      With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
      it is still a beautiful world.

      Be cheerful.

      Strive to be happy.


      Copyright by Max Ehrmann, 1927