Pleasure and pain are closely interwoven in the web of E, We have anxieties and sorrows, but why should we exaggerate these, and under-estimate the numerous blessings which we hav you and which we can easily enjoy? Those whom you regard happening yok than yourself have their own anxieties which are, perhaps, wore Nature works in a spirit of compensation, We must remember thr the darkest cloud has a silver lining.. and that our greatest trouble will soon and The darkest day, live till to Mormon, will have passed away,” Our troubles and sorrows are more fleeting than our joys. and we must face them with a happy and cheerful mind Contentment means satisfaction and happiness with whey God has given us Contentment is a great blessing. It is real alchemy, the philosopher’s stool, which tums everything,
however mean, into gold. “A contented mind is a continuous feast says a proverb. A contented man is always happy. even though he has lisle Seeing that his neighbors nave much more than he bas. be does not feel envious, and does not make himself miserable. He feels thankful for what he has, and thinks be might have seen worse. This thought is a great aids to contentment. Look below yourself, and you will see how much better off you are than so many others. Secondly, la us bear in mind that man wants but little bear below. Dor that little long. Most of our miseries are imaginary. We sometimes think of some calamities which might possibly happen, but which never happen Troubles grow if you brood over them. If we only brood over our troubles, we make ourselves miserable, but if we look the good things we have, we shall he happy some one said. “Show me a thoroughly contented man. shall show you a thoroughly: useless man.” This is not a right view of contentment Contentment does not, and should not make us lazy and inactive. it should not take away from us all ambition to rise, or to ameliorate our condition. It should an no account prevent us from putting forth our best efforts to advance ourselves in life t gives us comfort and consolation amid
difficulties and failures. it softens our griefs and sorrows. It raises us to a true appreciation of what is good and beautiful. Never be melancholy. Fight against difficulties vigorously, and if you are contented with what you are and with what you babe, you will easily overcome your troubles which temporarily cloud your path. My mind to me a kingdom is, Such perfect joy therein I find. As far exceeds all earthly bliss That God and Nature has assigned Though much I want that most men have, Yet still my mind forbids to crave.