Tuesday, March 9, 2010

THIS I BELIEVE

When the tongue of malice and slander, the persecution of inferiority, tempts you for just a moment to
retaliate, when for an instant you forget yourself so far as to hunger for revenge,--be calm. When the grey
heron is pursued by its enemy, the eagle, it does not run to escape; it remains calm, takes a dignified stand,
and waits quietly, facing the enemy unmoved. With the terrific force with which the eagle makes its attack,
the boasted king of birds is often impaled and run through on the quiet, lance-like bill of the heron. The means
that man takes to kill another's character becomes suicide of his own.Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its
ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centred, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness
of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power,--ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crisis. When I read this makes me think of President Obama