D E S I D E R A T A
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly;
and listen to others,
the dull & ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain &
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 future of time.
Exercise caution in your business
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment
it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of
fatigue & loneliness.
Beyond wholesome discipline,
be gentle with
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & 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,
whatever your labours & aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep
peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.