Prayers for the Parched: Desiderata

The  Desiderata is Etched in Stone at St. Paul's Church in Baltimore Maryland, 1692

The Desiderata is Etched in Stone at St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore Maryland, 1692

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:7

 

Go placidly amid the noise & haste, 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 & clearly; and listen to others even the dull & ignorant; for they too have their story.  Avoid loud and 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 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.  Be neither cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and 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 & 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 and 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.

 

St. Pauls’s Church, Etched in the stone, Baltimore 1692

 


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