Playgirl's Mechanical World (playgirl) wrote,
Playgirl's Mechanical World
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Desiderata



Desiderata

Literatureo placidly amid the noise and the haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Literatures far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Literaturepeak your truth quietly and clearly,

and listen to others,

even the dull and ignorant;

they too have their story.

Literaturevoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexatious to the spirit.

Literaturef you compare yourself with others

you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater

and lesser persons than yourself.

Literaturenjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Literatureeep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Literaturexercise caution in your business affairs;

for the world is full of trickery.

Literatureut let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals;

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Literaturee yourself.

Literaturespecially do not feign affection.

Literatureeither be cynical about love,

for the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Literatureake kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Literatureurture strength of spirit

to shield you in sudden misfortune.

Literatureut do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Literatureeyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

Literatureou are a child of the universe

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

Literaturend whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Literatureherefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be.

Literaturend whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life,

keep peace with your soul.

Literatureith all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Literaturetrive to be happy.

Copyright Max Ehrmann



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