Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace
there may be in silence. AS FAR as possible 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 lessor 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 people strive for high ideals.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it transcends time and space.
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 and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the tress and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you , there is no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, 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 careful. Take Care. Strive to be Happy.
Old St. Paul's Church Baltimore, Maryland circa 1692 Writer Unknown