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YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE

Go placidly amid the noise and haste
and remember what peace there maybe 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 too, have their story.

Avoid loud aggressive people,
they are vexation to the spirit.

If you compare yourself to others,
you may become vain and bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of times.

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 perinial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of 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 often 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 your God,
whatever you conceive God to be,
and whatever labour 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 cheerful, strive to be happy.

written by

Max Ehrmann 1927