BE PATIENT, Persistence will win, but persistence requires that you practice.
We are in full-blown examination and consideration about all that is the mind; thought, be it conscious or subconscious. Yes, there have been countless thousands of impressions, ideas, prejudices, and similar thoughts received. (Haanel 5-1,6) What have I stored away? Is it good, is it bad? Is it positive or negative? I wish I could say I have stored nothing away but courageous thought. But that is not the case. So what to do? Haanel says a mental housecleaning is in order, and it is to be done every day. The outcome of the daily housecleaning is a suitable environment for all that is good and positive. Now I am able to build a firm foundation. I want my thoughts, the meditations of my heart to be on things that are TRUE, NOBLE, JUST, PURE, LOVELY. And I desire for my eyes to observe where there is VIRTUE, to see what is PRAISEWORTHY. “The Giving Card” what a treasure, it encompasses all essence mentioned above. The poem, ‘IF YOU WERE’ shares from the perspective; giving to others from our heart, cheers no only others, but also illuminates our own heart with good. May we be cheerful, enthusiastic givers, because we can’t out-give God.
If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it you would find
You’d soon forget to think ’twas true
That someone was unkind to you.
If you were busy being glad
And cheering people who seem sad,
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You’d soon forget to notice it.
If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You’d not have time to blame some man
Who’s doing just the best he can.
if you were busy being true
To what you know you ought to do,
You’d be so busy you’d forget
The blunders of the folks you’ve met.
If you were busy being right,
You’d find yourself too busy quite
To criticize your brother long,
Because he’s busy being wrong.
Socrates believed beauty is a thing that “slips in and permeates our souls.”
Generations of young Americans memorized from McGuffey’s Second Reader.(McGuffey)
We used these readers for our own children. Socrates idea is evident in this simple poem.
Beautiful faces are they that wear
The light of a pleasant spirit there;
Beautiful hands are they that do
Deeds that are noble, good, and true;
Beautiful feet are they that go
Swiftly to lighten another’s woe.
I will not drift, a mental house cleaning is the order of the day, every day. I will make progress. “The more we give, the more we get” . Like the athlete who wishes to get strong must make use of the strength he has, and the more he gives the more he will get.(Haanel 5:25)
- To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit or amusement.
- To form a habit of acting in any manner.
- The primary sense in continuance, holding out, from extending.
- The act or quality of waiting long for justice or expected good without discontent.
- To pursue steadily any design or course commenced; not to give over or abandon what is undertaken.
- Constant in the execution of a purpose or enterprise.
The three P’s defined from Noah Webster’s First Edition of an American Dictionary of the English Language 1828