Monday, April 26, 2010

Ponder this.

My husband sent this to me today. It's from an excerpt he read from Self Control, Its Kingship and Majesty by William George Jordan, 1905.

No character can be simple unless it is based on truth—unless it is lived in harmony with one’s own conscience and ideals. Simplicity is the pure white light of a life lived from within. It is destroyed by any attempt to live in harmony with public opinion. Public opinion is a conscience owned by a syndicate,—where the individual is merely a stockholder. But the individual has a conscience of which he is sole proprietor. Adjusting his life to his own ideals is the royal road to simplicity. Affectation is the confession of inferiority; it is an unnecessary proclamation that one is not living the life he pretends to live.

Simplicity is restful contempt for the non-essentials of life. It is restless hunger for the non-essentials that is the secret of most of the discontent of the world. It is constant striving to outshine others that kills simplicity and happiness.

Indeed.

2 comments:

tomorrowsmemoriesphotography said...

wow.
you.
amaze.
me.

thank you.

tomorrowsmemoriesphotography said...

"It is destroyed by any attempt to live in harmony with public opinion."
**applause**