The Culture of Courage by Frank C Haddock :: A free eBook fromWendyPiersall.com3
You are invited to make this thought a lifelong affirmation: In Harmony I AppropriateAll Good.Such is one of my reasons for believing that the world is growing better. Thisattitude toward Truth has influenced for the better every legitimate activity of man.The results are seen in Benevolence, Business, Education, Government, and Religion.A new day of splendid, unhampered, happy and growing spiritual life b bursting overthe earth. Souls are coming free. Hearts are thrilling with courage. In minds hasbegun the swing and heave of the sea.I ask you to take the following lines as a symbol of the world's wonderful sense ofappropriation that is everywhere evident.The sea, the pine, the stars, the forest deep,Bequeath to me at will their subtle wealth.Or still days brood, or rough winds round me sweep,Mine is the buoyant earth man's vibrant health:All things for love of me their vigils keep —I am the soul of health, of wealth.Run, sea, in my heart!Pine, sing in my heart!Stars, glow in my heart!For ye are mine, and my soul,Like ye, is a part Of the Marvelous Whole.There's no thing dear to me is not my wealth,And none that sees me I would distant keep;For swift possession is my earth man's health,Or still days brood, or rough winds round me sweep:All things for love of me their vigils keepI am the soul of health, of wealth.You are invited, now, to seize and use the spirit of this attitude of appropriation foryour own welfare and power.
And I hold that our life is growing better for the reason that I discover, in all thisnew adjustment to truth, this expectation and assumption that Good will notwithhold itself, and because of these things, a new era of courage sweeping theheart of humanity from sea to sea. There is abroad a Universal Breath, manifest ofLife. This breath consists of two general activities, that of Denial and that ofAffirmation. Courage is a denial of fear and of the reality of fear's cause. But denialis only the beginning; the really vital thing is confidence in self and in the hugefriendly Universe in which we live. Kindly remember this. You are not makingprogress merely because you turn your back on the Night. Progress means that youalso turn face to the Sun and walk buoyantly into the Day. Courage is affirmation:I am the spirit of the soulHarmonic with the Perfect Whole.