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 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 perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to 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 in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann c.1920
I like what the Desiderata has to say. If you also like what it has to say, then, chances are, we might have some things in common in addition to that. For the most part, I try not to take life too seriously and plan to live a very long time because of it (smile).
If you are interested in enhancing what is already a great life (yours) with a good natured lady (me), then I would love to hear from you. I am not looking for a man to take care of me and I would hope you are interested in the same. You are interested in a woman to enhance your life. You are happy with your situation in life. All that is missing is that someone special to share it with.
If you have gotten this far, and you want to know more, why don't you drop me a line...go on, I dare ya!
p.s. I'm willing to give new users some time to upload a picture, but please don't contact me if you have been on POF for awhile and still don't have a pic. It makes me wonder why........