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The poem I found at my dentist's office
... I was told it was the Desiderata, after I started trying to scribble it down. I'm sharing it with all of you, and not sparing you with a cut tag, so deal.

Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann, 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or 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 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
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bene From: bene Date: April 22nd, 2003 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, that would be the Desiderata.

I've got a copy of it up in my locker at work and tucked in my wallet (as well as in my palm pilot too). Was in tears when i was introduced to it last summer at the end of a camping trip. The friend i was with asked me to read it out loud and it floored me.

Thank you for reminding me of it.

maigrey From: maigrey Date: April 22nd, 2003 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.

I need to put the rest of it in my pilot, too.
swoobysnacks From: swoobysnacks Date: April 22nd, 2003 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this poem.

If you would believe it, I first encountered it written on the bathroom wall in Everitt Lab at good ol' U of I! I found out its name about a year later... many people attribute it an anonymous, but we now both know that's not true. :)

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