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Do the Right

I fear nothing but doing a wrong thing.
—Sterne

A wrong deed, a bad action, means the loss of personal character, the loss of self-respect. When this occurs in another, the effect, the impression upon the mind of the on-looker, is one of pity and regret, and unfortunately of less esteem. When it occurs to oneself, the feelings are the same in character as those which visited and overtook our first parents, because they occur under similar circumstances. Probably the best method of steering and keeping clear of doing wrong things is to keep pretty busy in doing right things, those that will be visited with the approval of a clear conscience. These will keep us fairly well employed, and we shall not have much opportunity for our thoughts—that; which the mind conceives and brings into being—drifting into wrong grooves, of running on the wrong metals. "Opportunity" is said to make the thief; but we should bear in mind that we, ourselves, make "opportunity," that is, the convenient and favorable time for employing ourselves in various ways. Jerome gave the advice;—"Be always employed about some rational thing, that the devil find thee not idle." It may be observed that in the mind of the Saint it did not matter so much about his Satanic Majesty finding us, so that he found us not idle. It is perhaps a question whether the accepted definition of "idle" is good. In the minds of some it is probably a matter of debate and doubt if it is possible to be not employed, to be not occupied. The impression in the minds of some teachers, writers, and thinkers, appears to be that the state of doing nothing is next to an impossibility, and if we are not thinking of doing good, we are contemplating that which is NOT good. This is taking the first step to meditating evil. The reflection is always the forerunner of the word, and of the act, and there always remains, whether we like it or not, the effects of example. It is, then, a wholesome fear to dread doing a wrong, and it is a satisfying assurance and confidence that prompts, stimulates and accompanies the doing of right for its own sake and its own true worth.

If we watch the thoughts which come into our minds we shall find that they are of the same kind as those which we habitually encourage.
—Annie Besant
Stop thinking misery, and go to thinking joy, and joy will materialize.
—Eleanor Kirk

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