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Little Duties and Right Thoughts

Practice yourself, for Heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
—Epictetus
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
—Shakespeare

Blessed indeed is he who cheerfully, merrily, and willingly performs all the duties of life here on the earth-plane; who never shirks or dodges the small works and duties that always are at hand.

Men and women who greatly attain do not neglect the little and simple things of life.

It is the divine and eternal law that we all must work from the small and simple to the larger and more perfect.

Men are made miserable because they do not observe this one changeless and eternal law; they spurn small things and never reach great and lasting possessions.

In religion, philosophy, science, the arts, literature, commerce, we see men miss the mark just because they remain indifferent to small details.

Take the history of any great man or woman the world has ever produced, and it will be found that he or she commenced life with a steadfast eye on the work and duty nearest at hand.

Misery and disease are the effects of one who does not know, will not know, or will not heed the so-called little and simple truths.

The ignorant and perverse mind always searches for something great that lies beyond its reach, and neglects the apparent, small, and simple truths that always are near at hand—within the soul—which will surely lead to all that is great and good, if heeded.

Great and mighty works are not entrusted to those who shirk small duties.

To succeed or attain, we must attend first and at all times to the little things and little duties that are always at hand, and, when we come to do this we will have little time to disturb the world by our pernicious activities, and the world will be so much the better for our fully and completely reforming ourselves.

In health, in wealth, in peace and happiness this eternal law applies—that we must practice and know how to do little things perfectly, cheerfully, and willingly before we can proceed to the greater.

Honor and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
—Alexander Pope

Henry Wood says: "'To magnify abuses until they seem to be the rule, is to promote them."

Vivid pictures of human misery continuously hung before the eye make men pessimistic, and powerless to overcome adverse conditions. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

Mr. Wood says: "In varying forms the old question of realism versus idealism is ever cropping out. Shall the worst or best be made of existing conditions? Pessimistic realism contains no element of cure. It has been thought that to hold up the abnormal, turn it about in the light, and analyze it, would effectually make it detestable. It has rather made it familiar and expected."

It is a psychological phenomenon that you give tremendous power to that which you recognize and resist.

We now behold the passing of men and women who see the worst in every man, everything, and every system.

In this glorious age we have countless broad and deep minds who do not scan surfaces and live in blind beliefs and appearances—the mind is growing broader and broader and deeper and deeper.

"There is a trace of wholesomeness everywhere," and this will grow and thrive if we recognize it.

Men need cheer and joy and optimism: not effeminate sentiment and weakening pessimism.

Optimism is constructive; pessimism is always destructive.

The scientific way to cope with negative conditions is to displace them with positives. To hold up before anyone his degradation poverty, or ignorance, is to impress them more deeply upon him.

Let us cease at once to be desponding whimperers, and think and talk and write of and strive to realize the All-Good—let us stop looking outward and abroad for great things, but look first within for the simple knowledge that will lead us to the Most High.

Let not thy mind run on that thou lackest so much as on what thou hast already.
—Marcus Aurelius

Deep down in your soul is all the power to do, to achieve, to overcome, and to patiently endure; what a great mine of treasure is thy own soul!

Education that teaches the way of self-support is what the world needs—self-support in disease, trouble, and poverty.

And what is self-support? It is soul-support; that knowledge that tells us all power lies within and that we must commence to work on that work which is small and simple and always near at hand, before we can make any progress to greater and better works.

The Universe is perfect, and no one can suffer who comes into harmony with its eternal, changeless law.

No one can escape this blessed, beneficent law which eternally applies to all—we cannot hope to dodge the great law of Cause and Effect.

As we sow our thoughts, just so we will reap; discords in our lives do not come from our social systems so much as they come from our individual perverse minds.

Individuals in countless numbers waste their powers and energies in deploring social systems, the laws, and government, and still continue to cling to their own soul-destroying vices.

Come, men! be men, and not whiners and cringers. Rouse your minds! Rouse your souls! Come out into the Twentieth Century Light. Vibrate with the present glorious order of things, and in no way clog or retard the prosperity and progress of this beautiful world.

Help thy self by raising thy self to oneness with the Eternal Self, and become sane, sober, orderly, dignified, and progressive. This is all there is to well-ordered life now, here, and hereafter.

We become self-reliant and progressive only as we rely on Law—the Universal—and do our duty.

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