Thoughts for Living
Go Places amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, strive to 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 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 the counsel of 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 God. Find peace through accepting that His plan is unfolding as it should. Yours is not to know why, as only He knows the greater context and reason for everything.
Therefore through acceptance, be at peace with Him, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisey confusion of life keep this peace and be assured, Strive to share His love and Peace with others.
Adapted from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)