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 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 vexations to the
spirit.

If you compare yourself with 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 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 perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to 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 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.

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