It is a mistaken idea that hard work kills women. Hard work never killed a woman. It is the improper care of oneself when she is not working that does the damage. The more a woman does with her brain the less her hands will have to do. The better a woman's reasoning and common sense are, the more successful she will be. It requires hard work these days to keep up in the race.
You cannot make a success unless you work hard. Hard work will be much easier if you keep worry out of it. Hard work brings success, but to do hard work, the machinery must be in good order. You must keep your constitution up, you must have plenty of sleep and you must learn to eat and breathe properly.
No story of success has ever been truly written that did not depict hard work in every line. Success comes by inches, not by leaps or bounds. Success is the pushing forward each day by hard work. Burn the candle at one end only and you replace each day what you have burned, by rest, sleep and recreation. By burning the candle at one end only and replacing it fully each day, your candle will not burn out.
“A little word in kindness spoken. A motion or a tear, Has often healed the heart that’s broken. And made a friend sincere.”
There's nothing in business that pays so well as kindness. A woman may spend her money, and in proportion as she spends it she reduces her principal. With kindness the matter is different, for
in proportion as you spend kindness your principal increases. Lincoln said “You can catch more flies with a drop of honey then with a gallon of vinegar.”
Kindness is beautiful. It brings round you many persons who are ready to say kind words to you. This subtle, potent influence of having lots of friends to help you by their actions and showing their hearts is a great blessing. It is surprising that people know so little of the value of kindness.
The word “gentlewoman” is really a compound word, meaning gentle-woman, and these words together in their simplicity are the true definition of the word gentlewoman.
Kindness means gentleness. No woman is a gentlewoman who is not kind.
People are glad to recognize goodness and kindness in an individual. No one can act the part if she is not sincere. We must cultivate kindness, if there is little of it in our makeup.
We must take an inventory of our qualities, and if the weeds of mean impulses are crowding out the delicate flowers of kindness, we should pull out those weeds and give the flowers a chance to grow.
Lincoln was a kind man, kindness was his chief delight, and his examples of kindness have been of untold benefit to millions of people. You remember he said, “When they lay me away let it be said of me that as I travelled along life's road I have always endeavoured to pull up a thistle and plant a rose in its stead."
Life at best is short, and the only things we really get out of life are happiness, health and love. Money cannot buy these things.
The trouble with many business women is that they imagine good examples and kindness have no place in business. They think the time to be kind is after they have attained success financially. They think the time to show kindness is outside of business hours.
The real way to be happy is to do the thing now, live each day for itself. Get kindness in each day.
The woman who is grave, austere, the woman who tries to skin the other fellow, who devotes all her energies to money-making alone, finds as the years go by and she has attained her goal, but that she does not know how to enjoy herself.
There are three periods in a woman’s life-the future, the now and the past. When we attain old age our life is largely made up of reminiscences, or looking back over the past. If our past life has been one of struggle, worry and getting the best of the other fellow, then there is little happiness in looking back over such a life.
The true philosopher does the thing now, she lives each day.
She puts kindness into her action, and when she grows old, she can look back through a life that was pleasant as she lived it, and pleasanter now in living it over again.
One of the Greek philosophers expresses the following beautiful thought: “If there is any good deed I can do, or kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for l shall not pass this way again.”
The trouble is that some of us keep our kindnesses, or rather the expression of it, until it is too late. We should remember-”Do not keep the alabaster box of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead, fill their lives with sweetness, speak approvingly cheerful words while their ears can hear them; the kind things you mean to say when they are gone say before they go.
The flowers you mean to send for their coffins send to brighten and sweeten their homes before they leave them. If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection which they intend to lay over my dead body, I would rather they would bring them out in my weary and troubled hours, and open them, that I may be refreshed and cheered by them while I need them.
I would rather have a plain coffin without a flower and a funeral without an eulogy, than a life without the sweetness of love and sympathy. Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand for their burial. Postmortem kindness does not cheer the troubled spirit. flowers on the coffin cast no fragrance backward over life's weary way."
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