lady with umbrella imageSuccess and Humility

"Art of Appreciation"

Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments,
but few people make the need known
quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father:
"Let's play darts. I'll throw and you say `Wonderful'!"


Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;
Then your courage should appear,
For, if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear;
Try, try again.

Once or twice though you should fail,
Try, try again;
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;
If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again.

Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again.
All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view;
Try, try again.
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Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough and loud enough
at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully
and singly toward an object and in no measure obtained it?
If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated?
Henry David Thoreau

If you can't be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can't be a sun, be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail....
Be the best of whatever you are."


"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word
which by the gospel is preached unto you.
I Peter 1: 24, 25

Copied from "Autobiography" by Benjamin Franklin:

"My list of virtues contained at first but twelve; but a Quaker
friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought
proud; that my pride showed itself frequently in conversation;
that I was not content with being in the right when discussing
any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent,
of which he convinced me by mentioning several instances;
I determined endeavoring to cure myself, if I could,
of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added HUMILITY to my list,
giving an extensive meaning to the word.

I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality
of this virtue, but I had a good deal with regard to
the appearance of it. I made it a rule to forbear all direct
contradiction to the sentiments of others and all positive
assertion of my own. I even forbade myself, agreeably to the
old laws of our Junto, the use of every word or expression in
the language that imported a fixed opinion, such as "certainly,"
"undoubtedly," etc., and I adopted, instead of them, "I conceive,"
"I apprehend," or "I imagine" a thing to be so or so; or it
"so appears to me at present." When another asserted something
that I thought an error, I denied myself the pleasure of
contradicting him abruptly and of showing immediately some absurdity
in his proposition; and in answering I began by observing that in
certain cases or circumstances his opinion would be right, but in the
present case there appeared or seemed to me
some difference, etc. I soon found the advantage of this change in
my manner; the conversations I engaged in went on more pleasantly.
The modest way in which I proposed my opinions procured them a readier
reception and less contradiction; I had less mortification when
I was found to be in the wrong, and I more easily prevailed with
others to give up their mistakes and join with me when I happened
to be in the right.

And this mode, which I at first put on with some violence
to natural inclination, became at length so easy, and so habitual
to me that perhaps for these fifty years past no one has ever
heard a dogmatical expression escape me. And to this habit
(after my character of integrity) I think it principally owing
that I had early so much weight with my fellow-citizens
when I proposed new institutions or alterations in the old
and so much influence in public councils when I became a member;
for I was but a bad speaker, never eloquent, subject to much
hesitation in my choice of words, hardly correct in language,
and yet I generally carried my points.

In reality there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions
so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it,
beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases,
it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and
show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history;
for even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome
it, I should probably be proud of my humility."


The Strength of Humility
This is an article copied from "The Christian Herald" Feb. 1900


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"It is no Secret"

It is no secret
What God can do.
What He's done for others,
He'll do for you.
With arms wide open,
He'll pardon you.
It is no secret,
What God can do.

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