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You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right...
Desira - desiderata
Desidera - ta

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 vane and bitter;

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than 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.

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 council 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 labours and aspirations,
In the noisy confusion of life,
Keep peace with your soul.

With all it's sham,
Drudgery and broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. strive to be happy.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
You are a child of the universe.



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    Thato NakediNov 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    The first time I got to know this song I was about to sit for my high school exam at Lobatse Senior, Botswana. My Class Teacher, Ms Lillington from Cambodia gave every one in our class a 'good luck' card, with this message inside. To me this wasn't just a message, it was life itself. By then, 1998, I was only 18, but this message was so clear to me, and I took it so seriously. I embraced these words dearly in my heart, my soul, and my whole being, and I never wanted to lose 'em. I promised myself that I would forever keep this card, as a souvenir from a loving teacher, and would forever share these powerful words with those I care about. I have long lost touch with her but in my heart and memories she is so much alive. It's these words that always see me through this challenging journey of life. Wherever she is, I pray that she be richly blessed.

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