Good For Evil Play Without Good Fellowship
One of the first laws was “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” but as time went on and we developed mentally our animal instincts were subordinated and the law was changed, and the new law was this: “return good for evil.”
Nearly every woman who has an injury done her tries to repay the injury. She must either repay it with good or with evil.
If she repays it with evil she does not get satisfaction. If she repays it with good she gets happiness. It is certain that payment of evil with good can satisfy a woman who is looking for revenge, while it has always been a question whether there is any satisfaction in paying evil with evil.
If someone does you a mean turn they are expecting you will repay them in like manner. They guard against this. They are ready for your revenge, but if you repay them with good you attack them in a weak spot and make them feel like thirty cents, and this is all the revenge you can ask for.
It is all right to get square with a woman who does you a wrong, and the best way to get square is by doing her a good turn.
You should keep mental ledger accounts with all of your friends and all your enemies. When a person does you an injury, debit them until you have a chance to credit the account with some good turn; when you credit the account be sure you overpay what you are owing, so you will have a balance coming to your credit.
We have been taught to return good for evil, but we have heard the saying so many times that few of us pay any attention to it.
It’s worth while testing this rule of returning good for evil. The next time someone harms you, repay her by doing her a kindness, and see if you don’t feel happier, and at the same time get all the satisfaction you are looking for. It matters not whether the person to whom you have done a kindness appreciates it; you have been benefited and received happiness by your own act, for virtue is its own reward.
The woman who returns good for evil, has the satisfaction of the woman who has on clean underwear, the world may not know it but she does, and that is all that is necessary.
It's important to play, too.
Nature has given us many positives and negatives. It has given us the ability to work hard, and it has given us the ability to play hard. Work while you work and play while you play.
The woman who is successful is the woman who works hard during business hours, and then goes home and leaves her work behind her and takes up play.
A woman should devote a part of each day to recreation, to outdoor exercise, to frivolity and to frollicking with her children at home. If she does not care to play, worry will take the place of play.
Worry and hard work together will kill a woman. Work and play will make her live. No two things can occupy the same space at the same time. These brains of ours are always busy, and we should be careful what we give the brain to act upon.
If we work hard all day, the tendency is that in the evening the brain revolves the things that have been going through it during the day. A review of these thoughts produces worry, especially if our occupation has been a strenuous one and if things have not been to our liking. When we devote ourselves to play then worry and brain rack will be absent all the time we are playing. Play was made to rest the brain. Your sleep will be better if you have indulged in recreation, and your mind will be clearer the next morning.
With a clear mind consider the risks of good fellowship.
Call a woman a fellow and she will resent it, call her a good fellow and she feels complimented. The good fellow is ever found where pleasures abound. She shines at the dinner. Her knowledge of mixed drinks is a revelation.
The good fellow spends her time where the glasses clink, where the horses run, and where the revellers congregate. Her earnings go for dinners, bottles and shows, and while these occupy her mind she imagines she is having a good time, that her actions evidence good fellowship.
Go to the clubs and you will see the “good fellow.” She is spoken of by all the other “good fellows” as a “good fellow.”
And they are all good fellows together. Some day the good fellow is taken sick and dies. She has not a cent to her name, and the other good fellows take up a collection to bury her. The only persons at the funeral are the other good fellows, and the only requiem she receives is “Well, she was a good fellow.”
The good fellow at fifty is working for the good business woman. The good fellow is like the butterfly, and sips life’s pleasures, and shows of her fancy colours, living for today only.
The successful woman is like the ant, she works and puts something away each day, where she can get at it in the future.
When winter comes with its chilling blasts, the butterfly has nothing in reserve and it starves to death, while the ant keeps herself alive on the product of her own labour.
Some day the good fellow finds herself in need. She goes to other good fellows, but they can’t help her because they are in the same boat themselves. Then our good fellow grows pessimistic, and finds out too late that it does not pay to be a good fellow.
Good fellows don't get good jobs very often. When they do get them they don't hold them very long. It is a mighty poor recommendation to be referred to as a good fellow. People seem to think that the words “good fellow” cover a multitude of sins, and when a woman has done wrong, or makes a mistake, or uses bad judgment, the other good fellows try to excuse her faults by saying-“Well, she is a good fellow, anyhow.”
The good fellow bursts upon us with her halo about her. As time passes the halo dims and the good fellow peters out. The good fellow who is so popular at the Club today is found tomorrow trying to eke out an existence selling books and life insurance to other good fellows.
There is nothing in good fellowship that can be negotiated at the bank. The credit woman of the wholesale house does not give credit on good fellowship.
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