DESIDERATA

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Desiderata is the name of a passage of words which is reputed to have been found nailed to the door of a church in New England in the United States of America in the seventeenth century. What ever is the truth of its origin there is now many people around the world who are familiar with this writing. Its words are very simple, however they are also very profound and the wisdom found within them can be life changing. We have included both a spoken video and also the document words for you to view and to read. There is power in these words, we hope you enjoy them and they help bring added strength and passion into your life.

   DESIDERATA

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: they to 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.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of 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 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, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be careful.  Strive to be happy.