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is accused or assailed; is told that she doesn't understand, that her love has grown cold, and when she tries to explain, loses her temper, and gets all tangled up-there seems to be something in it. The suspicions come true, there is a panic on the board of the imagination; Satan gets a corner on reason, and, by losing faith and common sense, imaginary faults are magnified into impassable mountains, and the outcome is divorce, and at least one life of remorse. If it weren't for an unfounded and unnecessary suspicion, the divorce courts would go begging. Keep out suspicion by radiating love and sunshine. "We live by radiation, not by absorption."
Let a person live for self and selfish purposes, insist upon having his own way, demand things, insist upon being noticed and made much of, upon getting his share, and the proper credit for everything he may do, and that person makes life a living death. He develops not into a big man with everything he wants, but into a big demon with nothing he wants. Let a person forget self, see that the others all get in, radiate sunshine and love, and a beautiful, glorious life is developed. Try to make it pleasant for others,
and you will find happiness piled up in great mountains at your own door. "Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days."
Have faith in others, and others will have faith in you; love others, and others will love you; tell others your secrets, and they will tell you theirs. Take your medicine, whether bitter or sweet. As long as you have to take it, you might as well take it cheerfully. If a thing must be done, let us make the most of it, and it will go pleasantly enough. It is dreading it that makes it unendurable. A good housekeeper opens the shutters and lets in the sunshine; otherwise, sickness and death will prevail in that house. Open the windows of the soul, and let the sunshine of gladness and good cheer brighten your life and gladden the hearts of those around you. Get sympathy by being sympathetic and kind, and even if Fate does sometimes give you a bitter dose, most of the bitterness can be taken out by cheerfully taking the medicine. To accept conditions just as they are, and make the most of them is the bravest and noblest thing on earth; not only that, it is common sense in the thirty-third degree. The
idea is worth the most careful consideration. Why should it not be practised more, and make life one grand, harmonious, beautiful reality.
Rebellion is ruin and death. Put a man in the penitentiary. He may be innocent or guilty. If he rebels, he will come out a worse man, with neither love nor charity; nothing in his heart but a deep-seated hate, that grows more deadly, until it gets him in again. But let him make the most of it, adjust himself to conditions as he finds them, and he comes out with a Pilgrim's Progress, or at least is a better man, and his stay has made every prisoner happier and better. It is not our riches that gives us happiness; it is our ability to appreciate what we have.
Make the most of it, is a glorious principle. It makes the poor rich, and the earth a Paradise. The sting of poverty is taken away by cheerfully accepting conditions until they can be bettered. And what good would it do to rebel? What's the use of all the rebellion, fault-finding, dissatisfaction, suspicion, and vituperation? If a good man does something we don't like, emulate the good; and let the evil wither and die. What good will it do us to constantly hold his mistakes up to our own gaze? If an author
writes some things that seem to us foolish, we needn't read them, but why should we cast aside with bitterness and vituperation a great masterpiece, or something that would brighten and gladden our lives, simply because the same author wrote something, or did something, in an unguarded moment that we don't like. Let us emulate all that is good and endeavor to take out of our own lives that which we don't like in others. The world is full of good, full of beauty, full of love-let us make the most of it. Think of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. There is a book that will give one sunshine and hope and joy. It should be read and re-read by everyone.
There are thousands of books that we need not read, but there are a few that gladden the heart, and inspire the soul. Let us read them, and we will have more faith, more joy, more sunshine, more love.
A MAN doesn't fail because he wants to; he fails because he thinks he has to. He doesn't make a success, for he doesn't think he can. He knows that other men are successful and are doing great things, but he thinks that they are "natural born geniuses," or have some advantage. He has confidence in other people, but none in himself, and when a man has lost confidence in himself he has nothing else to lose. Yet, lost confidence is something that can be found, and is found every day by thousands.
Nothing is equal to confidence-absolute, unadulterated confidence. Think of the perfect satisfaction that comes to men when they know, and know that they know; when they have done the thing, and know that they can do it again. Such men are not afraid of competition; they are not afraid of anything. They are generals captains of industry, whether on a small or on a large scale.
People lack confidence because they haven't done the thing themselves. A child cannot learn