This is one of my favorite poems when I was younger. I was first introduced to Desiderata by my brother who had a copy of it printed on a plaque that on his wall. The poem help a bit when I was going through my dark depression spells.
I rediscovered the poem; I thought I would post it here:
Go placidly amid the noise and 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 ignorant;
they too have their story.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
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.
Strive to be happy.
by Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945)