Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with everyone.
Speak the truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have a story.
Avoid loud and aggressive people,
they will vex your soul.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser people than you.
Enjoy your what you do but make no plans for the morrow.
Keep interested in your own thing, being humble;
it is a real possession in the changing world.
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 heroes.
Be of good moral character.
Especially, do not indulge in carnal feelings.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all desolation and illusion
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly what you’ve learned through the years,
gracefully surrendering the childish things.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden trials.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings of doubt.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of God,
no less than the trees and the stars belong to Him;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the world is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul
and salvation in your heart.
With all its deceit, lies, and wicked men,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy, helping others do the same.
Adapted from Desiderata (desired things), 1927