The Art of BEING
The art of being is the assumption that you may possess, this very minute, those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind that make for radiant living.
It is a philosophy of being today, instead of becoming in a tomorrow that never comes.
It is following the maxim of Shakespeare: “Assume a virtue if you have it not”…knowing that the dynamic power of habit can build it into your character.
It is being great now, being forgiving now, being tolerant now, being happy now, being successful now, instead of postponing positive and constructive living to some vague and indefinite future.
It is knowing that when we move into the future it becomes the now, and tat now is the appointed time!
It is facing the fact that your biggest task is not to get ahead of others, but to surpass yourself.
It is wasting no time dreaming about the rich life you may live next year, or ten years from now; it is beginning to live at your best right now, today.
It is heeding the wisdom of the ancient Chinese seer who observed: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and it is taking that step today.
It is beginning today to be the man you want to be.
It is developing an awareness of the infinite possibilities in each magic moment.
It is enlarging the now by poring into it intense creative energy.
The Art of READING
To practice the art of reading, develop a hungry, curious, questioning mind and then seek your answers in books…You open doors when you open books…doors that swing wide to unlimited horizons of knowledge, wisdom and inspirations that will enlarge the dimensions of your life…
Though books you can live a thousand lives in one. You can discover America with Colombus, stand with Lincoln at Gettysberg, work in the laboratory with Edison and walk the fields with St Francis….
Though books you can start today where the great thinkers of yesterday left off, because book have immortalised man’s knowledge.
Though books you can orient your life to the world you live in, for books link the past, present and the future.
Read, then, from the vast storehouse of books at your command!
Read several books at a time, turning from one to the other as your mood changes…a biography, a novel, a volume of history, a book about your business, a work of poetry.
Read with a red pencil in your hand, underlining the important passages, so you can quickly review the heart of the book.
Read something each day. Discipline yourself to a regular schedule of reading. With only fifteen minutes a day you can read twenty books a year.
Read to increase your knowledge, your background, your awareness, your insight…
The Art of SUCCESS
There are no secrets of success. Success is doing the things you know you should do. Success is not doing the things you know you should not do.
Success is not limited to one area of your life. It encompasses all of the facets of your relationships: as parent, as wife or husband, as citizen, neighbour, worker and all others.
Success is not confined to any one part of your personality but is related to the development of all the parts: body, mind, heart and spirit. It is making the most of your total self.
Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.
Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years add up to a great life.
The Art of ACHIEVEMENT
You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts.
The Art of STAYING YOUNG
Stay young by continuing to grow. You do not grow old, you become old by not growing.
Stay young by hanging onto your dreams. A philosopher writes: “There is not much to do but bury a man when the last of his dreams is dead.”
Stay young by forcing your mind out of old ruts. Remember that beaten paths and for beaten men. See new places, read new books, try new hobbies. Increase the depth of your life.
Stay young by remaining flexible, adaptable and open-minded. Do not permit your mental arteries to harden.
Stay young by taking inspiration from the young in spirit who remained creatively active all their lives: Goethe completing Fuse at eighty; Titian painting masterpieces at ninety-eight; Toscanini conducting at eighty-five; Justice Holmes writing Supreme Court decisions at ninety….
Stay young by keeping constructively busy. Set yourself new goals for achievement.
Stay young by tackling new projects. The man who planted a tree at ninety was a man of vision. Start ideas and plans rolling that will go on long after you are gone.
Stay young by keeping your heart young. “If it can be done,” wrote Carl Sandburg, “it is not a bad practice for a man of many years to die with a boy heart.”