IN whatever condition a man finds himself, he can always find the True ; and he can find it only by so utilising his present condition as to become strong and wise. The effeminate hankering after rewards, and the craven fear of punishment, let them be put away for ever, and let a man joyfully bend himself to the faithful performance of all his duties, forgetting himself and his worthless pleasures, and living strong and pure and self-contained ; so shall he surely find the Unfailing Wisdom, the God-like Patience and Strength. ” The situation that has not its Duty, its Ideal, was never yet occupied by man.” All that is beautiful and blessed is in thyself, not in thy neighbour’s wealth. Thou art poor? Thou art poor indeed if thou art not stronger than thy poverty ! Thou hast suffered calamities ? Tell me, wilt thou cure calamity by adding anxiety to it ? There is no evil but will vanish if thou wilt wisely meet it.
Canst thou mend a broken vase by weeping over it?
From James Allen’s Book of Mediations for Every Day in the Year.
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