Desiderata ~ OR “Things to be Desired”

Go placidly
amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms
with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to
even 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

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 the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

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. 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
with your soul.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Thanks Pam – I love it! It used to be on my wall as a poster and I have the sheet music – the words have stood the test of time…

  2. peggy says:

    Thnak you Pam, words to live by!

  3. Eloquence! I love it.

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