DESIDERATA BY MAX EHRMANN
    I have been carrying a sheet of this 81/2 x 11 paper for two weeks.  It misteriously appeared on top of my computer desk.  My husband told me that he got it from "very wise man" that he met.  That's all I know about this sheet of paper and it says;
                                          
DESIDERATA BY MAX EHRMANN (1872-1945)  American poet and dramatist

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far a possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly & clearly;  and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant;  they, too, have their story. 

Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.  If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons that 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 all aridity & disenchantment it is 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 & 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 & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be careful.  Strive to be happy.




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God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference
---The serenity prayer

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us---Roman5: 1-5
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