My Creed


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 the dull and the ignorant;
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 and 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952


2 Responses to “My Creed”

  1. My Creed
    In some way, however small and secret, each of us is a little mad.
    Everyone is lonely at the bottom and cries out to be understood;
    but we can never entirely understand someone else,
    and each of us remains stranger even to those who love us.
    It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
    Those who do not know fear are not really brave, for courage is the
    capacity to confront what can be imagined.
    You can understand people better if you look at them–no matter how old or impressive they may be–as if they are children.
    For most of us never mature; we simply grow taller.
    Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts
    to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
    The purpose of life is to matter–to count, to stand for something
    to have it make some difference that we lived at all.”

  2. MaryAnn:

    Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing!


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