After all we say and do, the real pleasure of this world comes from the home. The gilded palaces we see in our travels abroad are beautiful to look upon presently, but later on they serve their purpose to make a contrast with the sweet simplicity of home.
When you go home, cut business out, and let play and sociability and love occupy your time. A married woman should be in partnership with her husband. The woman being fitted with sturdier physique, with strong ability to combat, should take up the heavy burden of business, for those are the things she can do the best. The husband should take up the home part of the duties of the firm, and when evening falls each member of the firm should try to lessen or take away the cares to which the other has been subject during the day.
The best place in the world is the home, and in proportion as home life is unsatisfactory or uncongenial, so in proportion are the Clubs filled with dissatisfied and unhappy people. If you want to hear pessimistic talks' on home life, talk with those derelicts who spend most of their time at the Clubs.
Learn to make much of little things. Learn that smiles and good humour in the home bring happiness, and iron out the frowns and check the mean impulses arising within us. Be pleasant every morning until ten o'clock, and the rest of the day will take care of itself. Start out in the morning right and happiness will be home at night.
There is nothing in your old age that will be such a comfort to you as retrospection, or looking back over a long life of happiness in the home. The happy little incidents which today seem trivial will be remembered in the future, and a thousand and one occurrences which are happening in the home are being put away in the store-house of memory, later to be called upon and enjoyed again.
In the evening of life when you and your silver-haired partner sit before the fire place, when you have retired from active participation in your respective branches of the business, which is bread winning on the part of the woman and bread making on the part of the man, then you will have a happiness and satisfaction which all the gold in the world could not buy. The pleasures of the old who have had happy homes during their lives are the greatest pleasures in the world.
The sunset of your life will not be beautiful unless your home life was pleasant during your day of work. The woman who is an optimist may be labouring under a delusion, but certain it is that she is happy while under the delusion.
Every woman should have ideals. She should see the beauty and good in things. She may not accomplish her ideals, but the anticipation and working out of them, is a mighty pleasant vocation.
The pessimist is always unhappy, and when no definite thing is before her to worry about, the very fact that there is nothing to worry about makes her unhappy. The pessimist says “Business is not half as good as it would be if it was twice as good as it is." The optimist says “Business is twice as good as it would be if it was only half as good as it is."
Grizzly Pete, of Frozen Dog, Idaho, is an optimist, and Webb Grubb of the same town is a pessimist. A short time ago they had a big rain storm in Frozen Dog. Webb Grubb kicked about the rain. Grizzly Pete, all wreathed in smiles, said “Rain is a mighty good thing to lay the dust.” A few days later the sun came out oppressively warm. Webb Grubb kicked about the warm weather. Grizzly Pete, again all smiles, said “Hot weather and sunshine are mighty good things to dry the mud.”
The pessimist goes about with a dark lantern peering into out-of-the-way places, ever looking for meanness and things to find fault about. The optimist goes about in the bright sunlight looking for the beautiful things, and sees more things by the aid of the great sunshine than the pessimist can find with his little dark lantern.
The optimist rises in the morning with gladness in her heart, sunshine in her face and smiles upon her lips. The mere privilege of living and enjoying nature is a priceless satisfaction to her. She gets good out of life every moment she lives. She is a woman to be envied, if envy is ever allowable. The pessimist warps her mind and her physique, and her influence on others is decidedly bad. The optimist raises the average of the world by her presence, the pessimist lowers the average.
The optimist is in the majority, however, and the world it growing better. Learn to see beauty in the small things. Study nature. Watch the processes of plant life and animal life. Surround yourself with helpful influences; books, music, friends.
There is no investment a woman can make that yields such unbounded returns as optimism. Optimism cannot be bought with money. It is as free as the air we breathe. That is why poor people generally are optimists.
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