The New Yeoman

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Category: Self Improvement

New Years’ Eve 2018

Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark.

Philippians 3 : 13-14

Yet I argue not
Against Heaven’s hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
Right onward.

J. Milton

It is not by regretting what is irreparable that true work is to be done, but by making the best of what we are. It is not by complaining that we have not the right tools, but by using well the tools we have. What we are, and where we are, is God’s providential arrangement, – God’s doing, though it may be man’s misdoing; and the manly and the wise way is to look your disadvantages in the face, and see what can be made of them. Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian nor the best general who makes the fewest false steps. He is best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. Forget mistakes; organize victory out of mistakes.

F.W. Roberston

Each of these are from the December 31st page of a lovely little book that I have read many times (and will start again tomorrow) entitled Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston, 1891. One can find a PDF copy here –https://archive.org/details/dailystrengthfor00tile_1

Happy New Year!

Emerson on Improvement of the Individual Rather Than Society

I thought of Jordan B. Peterson when I read this this morning,

“As our Religion, our Education, our Art look abroad, so does our spirit of society. All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves… Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought this was very close to Peterson’s saying of,

“If you can’t clean your room, don’t try to change the world.”

 

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