I was over at a friend's house - for a meeting of one of my two children's literature reading groups, in fact - where I saw her framed copy of "Desiderata." ("Desiderata" is a Latin word meaning "things to be desired.") I'd seen it before, but I'd never read more than the first few lines, and I was struck by the soundness of the suggestions.
I always thought Desiderata was an inscription in an old churchyard, but it was actually written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. This bit of information detracts from its mystique somewhat, but it's still an interesting list.
1. Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
2. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
3. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
4. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; for they are vexations to the spirit.
5. If you compare yourself with others you may