Listen to episode 457 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Developing Vision and Perspective. Edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges.
Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. To get the best of our podcast in heirloom hardcover or digital e-book, please visit InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges, published in 1906.
Last time, I talked with you about determination and regulation as helps to happiness. The 3rd quality which will assist you to be happy is Proportion. By proportion I mean a true perspective. Proportion ministers to happiness because it restrains us from the exaggeration of excitement. They who lack it are like newspapers which have used up all their biggest type on screaming bulletins of petty fights and hysterical gossip, and have nothing larger for a battle which is determining the destiny of nations.
It is well to distinguish between a scratch and a surgical operation. It is well to save our supreme emotions for supreme events. I do not mean an unnatural repression of feeling or of speech. But the truth is that great joys and sorrows come but seldom. So, let us not get excited every common day. Let us reserve some stirrings of the heart for the occasions that truly call for them.