"Desiderata", by Max Ehrmann.

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 all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
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.
do not feign affection. 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.
Nurture 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.

With all its sham,
and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata".


 Here is a modern interpretation 

of the poem above: 

Go calmly through a world of noise and fast living
and remember there is peace in silence.
Without being untrue to yourself, try to get along with everyone
Say what you believe quietly and clearly, and listen to others
because everybody, no matter who they are, has a story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive people;
their annoying behavior can bring you down.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become conceited or hateful
because there will always be others who are better or worse than you

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans for the future
Stay interested in your own career, even if you think it’s not very important;
You’ll be glad you have it when everything around you changes.

Be cautious when you do business with people
because the world is full of those who will take advantage of you.
But don’t think there’s no goodness out there;
many people are trying to improve themselves;
and all over the world people are doing what’s right.

Be yourself.  Above all, don’t pretend to love.
Also, don’t think love doesn’t exist
because even when it seems that everything is getting worse,
love is as everlasting as the grass.

Learn from your experiences,
and let go of the things you could only do when you were young.
Learn to be strong if things should suddenly go wrong.
But don’t imagine the worse.
Many fears are the product of fatigue and loneliness. 

Apart from a healthy 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 you know it or not,
the universe is definitely evolving as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with your God,
whatever you think that is,
and whatever you do and whatever you dream
in this noisy and confusing life, stay peaceful in your soul.

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