Wisdom from the Past

I love the New Year with it's clean slate of empty journal pages and calendars which only lasts for a brief moment. But the promise of a fresh start is always invigorating and motivating to me. That's when I start to dig into the corners of my home unearthing papers and stuff that either needs to find purpose in my new fresh year or be disposed of. After hauling off a car full of things that will become "someone else's treasure", I have rediscovered notes and writings that I have tucked away in files from by mom and grandma from a gentler and safer time. These lofty ideals written on scraps of paper were taken from books, lectures and newspaper clippings of the day from the 1940's through the eighties. They are filled with words that have brought the best out of men and women. In today's world of 'ME' it's good to look back and remember how life was lived with civility and how many individuals would strive to live lives of honor, selflessness and goodness.
This new year of 2011 I choose to make 'my' world a better place with affirmations from these files everyday.

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth
the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through
the tears.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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