Pause to reflect on your life. Remember that you only need a pound of passion, a cup of humor, a tablespoon of patience, and a dash of luck to succeed;
Forge a new day. No matter how bad yesterday was, it’s gone. Each day is a dusty path to explore, a rugged mountain to climb, a clear stream to fish. Live for today, because life’s queue has everyone’s name on it;
Don’t miss opportunities, even if the window is rapidly closing. A bruised neck heals more quickly than yearning for what’s on the other side of the glass, for an ounce of regret will dry into a permanent clay;
Appreciate others. Look for the best in them, because no matter how far you dig, you will never lose the light of day. Everyone has different talents and skills, since the painting would be dull if the artist didn’t have all of her hues;
Refine the skills to forgive and not judge. They will always be a work in progress, but they are worth more than the treasures of the world. All people have flaws, so remind everyone, particularly those who remold themselves, that they are beautiful;
Lend a hand, or whatever you can offer, because helping others is the highest calling. Avoid trudging on their hands as you drudge up life’s rungs. Ensure that you protect the greatest good for the greatest number, because having a strong society means that everyone has a fair shake;
Find those who cherish you for who you are. Don’t change your key; find a new door;
Listen to everyone, because we are all teachers and students;
Clutch the only two things that matter: the people in your life and your health;
Laugh a lot and joke about yourself. If you can’t, reevaluate your life;
Enjoy life’s simple pleasures: a blood-red sunrise, a bird’s melody, the laughter of a friend, the smile of a stranger, and the kind words of others;
Do not worship thing, man, or idea. Praising things sows greed, producing an unquenchable thirst. Worshiping man injects envy, poisoning one’s confidence. Reveling in ideas leads to an inflamed mind, but a cold heart;
Invest the faith you can spare in yourself, and whatever you have left into those around you. Only the human spirit and the goodness of men and women are worth believing in.
Love yourself for who you are.
-Inspired by Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata.