F. M.—In reply to your letter I must say that, although you may not consider that you have suffered for your own misdeeds, you certainly have suffered for your own mistakes. Having "no desire to make money," you entered into heavy monetary transactions against the dictates of your own judgment and conscience, and bound yourself to a man who was "careless and lazy." These were fatal errors to begin with. You followed impulse instead of judgment, and impulse is always a blind guide.
Again, you have, according to your own showing, neglected your business to engage in honorary work, the result being that your business has suffered.
Further, you "invested a sum of money in a limited company to help an acquaintance," and lent money which is not paid back. It is good to help others, but if you did these things while requiring the money to meet your own liabilities you certainly committed grave errors.
Altogether your letter reveals the fact that you have pursued three wrong courses of action:—
First, you engaged to make money which you neither wanted nor required.
Second, you have allowed yourself to be drawn on by impulse, instead of calmly following judgment.
Third, you have undertaken too many things, and have worked with a divided mind. You have reaped the only result possible under such conditions—disaster.
You now wish to know how to act in order to meet your "moral and financial liabilities." Your course is plain. Your letter seems to indicate that you are impatient. This ought to be overcome. Impatience is a handmaid of impulse, and never helped any man. You ought to give up all work that is dividing and dispersing your energies, and should concentrate your whole mind upon your business, with the one determined object of overcoming all obstacles that are preventing you from meeting your liabilities. You will be greatly helped if you devote at least one hour every day to quiet meditation on lofty moral subjects and their application to everyday life. In this way you will cultivate a calm, quiet strength, and will develop right perception and correct judgment. Do not be anxious to hurry matters. Do your duty to the very uttermost; live a disciplined and self-denying life; conquer impulse, and guide your actions by moral and spiritual Principles, as distinguished from your feelings, firmly believing that your object will be, in its own time, completely accomplished.
It is satisfactory to know that through all your difficulties you have gained spiritually. You have lost in order to gain. Your imperfections have brought sorrow upon you, and by them you have become more perfect. It is the only way, and your losses were necessary to the development of your soul. Still go on becoming and as you grow more perfect you will make fewer mistakes and will suffer less.
You have asked for "divine guidance;" seek to comprehend the Divine Law as it manifests within you, and as you realize the perfection of its justice, the beauty of its working, and the wisdom of its application, you will rise above your errors, mistakes and sufferings.
J. T. R. (Kidderminster)—Your letter is highly interesting, and full of earnestness. We are glad to know how your soul has gradually unfolded. The growth of a soul is like that of a flower, slow, silent, unobserved, but it comes out to the light of truth at last in fullorbed beauty. We shall do our best to maintain the excellence of this journal.
G. E. A. (Wolverhampton)—We are touched by your loving and brotherly letter, and are glad to know that you are so nobly engaged in serving your fellow men.
Miss E. C. (Exminster)—Quite a number of "pens" are employed on The Light of Reason. The author of the book you refer to is one of them. A copy of the journal has been sent to your friend.
Rev. E. E. K.—We thank you for your sympathetic communication, and for Scriptural and Carlylean references.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.