Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there is 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 their will always be greater and lesser people 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 the virtues there is, many people 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 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 are born from fatigue and loneliness Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees or stars you have a right to be here, Whether of 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 or aspirations, in this noisy confusion of life keep peace with your own soul.

With all it’s shame and drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

DESIDERATA - Found in Old Saint Paul’s Church.
Baltimore 1692 Unknown Author

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