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Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

 

Turn on your speakers and listen to the mp3 of the 1970’s hit “Desiderata” sung by Les Crane. Let it play while you read the words … it’s brilliant. The original work by Max has been changed slightly to match the song.

 

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 ignorant, for they too have their stories.

 

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.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have the right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

 

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 life.

 

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 as perennial as the grass.

 

Take kindly to the council of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength and spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are both of fatigue and loneliness.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have the 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 your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful.

 

Strive to be happy.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have the right to be here.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have the right to be here.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have the right to be here.

 

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