DESIDERATA

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 the dull and ignorant; they, too, have their story.

 Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements

as well as your plans. Keep interested in your 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 years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

 Nurture the strength of spirit

to shield you in sudden misfortune but do not distress yourself with 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 noise and confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

 With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

 Be cheerful, strive to be happy.

 

Max Euherman

  

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