Selections from Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, done for Anne’s mother.
Go placidly amid the noise & haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
…keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
—Max Ehrmann, 1927