A Book of Wisdom and Delight can be summed up in the following edited version of Desiderata
Go placidly, amid the noise and haste and discover your peace in silence. 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.Be not cynical about love, for in the face of all apathy and harshness it is as perennial as the grass.Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the thinks of youth.Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Do not distress yourself with worries. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Control yourself, but also 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, the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.Whatever the labor and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul – with all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, wee still live in a beautiful world.