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Let us be poised and wise, and our own today.

Hearken to the wind as it sweeps o'er the great wide plains, tearing, hurling, cleansing, stopping at nothing, flinging all to the ground as it rushes on its way.

Are we too going to be beaten down as it sweeps o'er us?

No; we will stand steadfast as a rock and gently bend as it passes on its way, and stand up again, straight, unmoved, and rejoice in the breath of life it brings to us.

We remain strong, unshaken, and let all go by, for we are calm, and stand alone as we watch the wind do its work, for nothing will stay its course, but we, we know we are stronger than the wind.

So in the calm serenity of our soul shall we stand amidst the world's conflicts, and hustlings and jostlings, and arise above all the tumults of thoughts, of errors; for in the world there is tribulation, but we will overcome the world, and the breath of life shall be the God within us and shall make us strong.

No man ever sank under the burden of today. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.
—George MacDonald

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