Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and just imagine how peace will be in silence.
As far as possible, without wit, surrender to be in good terms with all peeps.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even the dumb and the deaf; they too have their story to tell.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
heaven yes……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 humbly and down to earth;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your life affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue 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
is a shrubby plant that is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of your youth.
nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark 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 too.
And whether you admit it 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 are,
in the noisy 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.
……………….courtesy Max Ehrman!
The Desiderata is a Latin word for “Desired Things“, it was copyrighted in 1927 by a poet and lawyer from Indiana called Max Ehrman. I spent time to read it severally. I still can’t get enough of it. After reading the original content, I was mesmerized by the poet’s choices of words and then, I decided to come up with a copyright too. I pray that, you be inspired. Credit: Max Ehrman.