A Wish For All Our Friends


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 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 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 and 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 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 in the 1920s

We wish all of our Muse Tracks’ friends a happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be.

6 Responses to A Wish For All Our Friends

  1. William says:

    Good thoughts, Stacey! Here’s the musical version:


  2. Thanks for providing this. It was very cool! Have a terrific day of thanks and many blessings. I’m so glad I can call you “friend”. Hugs!


  3. jbrayweber says:

    Beautiful, Stacey.

    To you and to all, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.


  4. Hello my friend! Hope your day was wonderful- you’ve made my life so much richer for knowing you! Love ya-


  5. pibarrington says:

    Wow I remember Desiderata from the 1970’s! Still great advice and still beautiful! Love the photos too!


  6. This has been a favorite message of mine and such timeless lessons. Funny how something written back in the 20s can still be so relevant. Simple advice- really hard to follow!


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