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OUR biggest opportunity this year is not outside of you, not in pulls, in influence, or helps, but right in yourself.

You will have three hundred and sixty-five opportunities to make 1921 a record breaker in your career. Each day is a new chance to make good, a glorious chance to make a big dent in what you are trying to do.

Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your talents and opportunities this year:

Visualize your desire every day; there is divinity in it. Nurse your vision, daily renew your resolution to make it a reality. Give the whole of yourself to whatever you undertake. Be all there. Bring your life into it.

Remember you attract what you expect. It is not enough to ask for what you want; you must expect to get it. Learn to expect great things of life; great things of yourself. Hold the conquering thought, the victorious attitude, the victorious consciousness. Beware of hindering peculiarities, weakening idiosyncrasies, offensive habits which neutralize your effort and lessen your chances of success. Think health, think happiness, think success. Never admit the thought of defeat, and always carry yourself as a conqueror.

Minimize your difficulties and magnify your blessings this year. Don't get into ruts. Cultivate as many sides of yourself as possible. Remember that self-improvement broadens and enriches life. It is your greatest investment. Don't follow the crowd; blaze your own path. Be original, resourceful, inventive. Dare to think your own thoughts, to make your own creed, to live your own life. Dare to be yourself.

Be a professional at living this year, not a mere amateur. Back up your opportunities with all the energy, determination

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and enthusiasm you can muster. Make your life worth while; make it glad, effective, joyous. Put beauty into every daybeautiful thoughts, beautiful deeds, beautiful work. Learn to enjoy things without owning them. Don't postpone life by postponing joys and pleasures to next year. Enjoy as you go along or you never will. Get your fun out of your job.

LOSE the door to that unhappy past which has already tor

tured you enough. Draw nothing over the threshold of the New Year which will cause you pain and regret. Don't worry; don't fret; don't anticipate evil; don't fear anything. Remember there is no devil but fear. Let fear and hatred go out of your life with the old year. There is no tragedy like that of trying to "get square” with some one. Practice the philosophy of non-resistance. Forget all real or fancied wrongs. Forget everything that has pained or angered or worried you in the past. Smile over it all and start life anew.

Be sure that your vocation has your unqualified approval, that it calls out your best. Your opportunity for advancement lies in your work. Hold yourself to your task. Your job, if you are made for it, is your best friend. Make the most of it. Don't work for a cheap success. Don't be satisfied with less than your best. Expect and accept nothing from yourself but your best. Remember the best part of your salary is outside your pay envelope--in the chance to make good, to show what is in you. Always put the stamp of a man upon everything you do. Always try to lift better up to best. There is no joy quite like that which comes from the consciousness of a well-done job.

Don't swap your manhood, your character, for wealth or position. Remember there is a success that fails as well as a success that succeeds. Be careful what you part with on your way to a fortune. Don't succeed in business and fail as a man. Don't go after the success that costs too much. Beware of success with a flaw; of a fortune without a man behind it.

EWARE of the suggestion of inferiority; it is fatal to ad

vancement. Don't be afraid to trust yourself. If you haven't confidence in yourself, then no one else will. Remember that masterfulness is inside of you; that the wealth you carry with you is your greatest wealth. This is the wealth that enriches the life.

Guard your weak point. Remember that, unguarded, the weak point has ruined multitudes of careers. Beware of the "good time" that kills self-respect, that has a bad reaction, that makes you think less of yourself the morning after. Remember that, whether you will or not, you must pay the price for everything you take out of life. Put the best of yourself into every

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thing you do. Keep in tune with the best thing in you and the best of life will come to you.

Don't capitalize your friends. Beware of the paralysis of selfishness and greed. Don't commercialize your integrity. Let everybody know there is something in you that is not for sale. In your efforts to save, don't be too stingy to succeed. Don't jeopardize your health and self-respect by cultivating a nickel-and-dime consciousness, pinching yourself on the necessities of life and dressing like a beggar.


Go on

LWAYS take a pleasant thought to bed with you, because you

build character while you sleep. Your dominant thought when you fall asleep will work in your brain during the night, and you will awaken in the morning cheerful, strong, resolute to win out that day; or depressed, weak, negative, hopeless, according to the nature of the thought you took to sleep with you.

Take habit into partnership. Form the habit of radiating sunshine and good cheer. Put sunshine into your business, into your home, into your life. Scatter your flowers as you go along for you will never go over the same road again. with a smile on your lips, in your voice, a smile in your conversation, a smile in your work. Smile when you are down and out; smile when you feel like it; smile when you don't feel like it; smile anyway. Keep sweet this year no matter what comes to you.

Back up your chance with a resolute will, a determination that will brook no defeat. You know that if you had tried with all your might last year, you could have done much better than you did. Make up your mind now to better your last year's record very materially. Start right and right away. Be a good advertisement to the thing you are trying to be and do.

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Do your own thinking, make your own decisions. Don't be a weakling or a vacillator. Take time to study your prob. lem, but when you have once made your decision let it be final. Burn your bridges behind you and act on your own decision.

Remember that the way you face your life, your work, is the test of your character. It is not what you have done but what you are capable of doing that is important to you. Your job is to unfold the bigger man the Creator has infolded in you. Say to yourself, “This is my task.” It is a man's job and will take all of your energies, all of your courage, all of your determination and grit. If you go to it like a man, you'll succeed. If you don't-well, then don't whine and curse fate, or luck, or destiny, or anything outside of yourself. The year 1921 will be what you make it.

Orisons. Morden

Author of "All the Brothers Were Valiant,The Great Accident,"

Did You Ever Feel as If Some Unseen Force Was as the Men of the United States Secret Service



HE little flames danced and flickered eyes lurked beneath great, bristling brows, and naughtily above the ripe coals in the grate, twinkled steadily in the face of peril and travail

and the young man leaned forward, his and grief. His lips were gentle, yet firm; and his elbows on his knees, and stared into the fire and voice was steady and kind. quoted bitterly:

“If one does not know, it is a little hard at "Into this Universe, the Why not knowing

times,” he said quietly. Nor Whence, like Water, willy-nilly flowing; The young man threw out his hands with an And out of it, as Wind along the Waste,

appealing gesture. "I don't want money," he I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing." exclaimed. “I do not care whether people apThe old doctor puffed at his singing brier, and smiled gently at the bowed young head. “The Rubaiyat' is strong wine," he murmured.

“Strong wine, but clear and very fragrant,” the young man returned swiftly and whirled to face his companion. "I tell you, Doctor Price, the utter futility of the whole thing makes me sick. How do we know we're on the right track-working and studying and giving ourselves, and plugging along like truck horses, thirty, forty and fifty years?"

The young man was straight and slender and strong; and he rose from his chair before the fire and paced across the room and back again. He turned and paused before the old doctor, and looked down at his friend, his eyes keen with doubt and sorrow. "How do we know there is any Being-any Thing-higher than we, hidden somewhere, who approves or disapproves?”

Doctor Price a round, ruddy little man. His hair was silver white; and it was abundant, like snow on the roof after a heavy storm. The old physician had weathered many storms, and There was no one in sight-and I waited for that fierce ones; but save for the snowy cry: It did not come. By and by, I called out: whiteness of his hair, they had Then I listened acutely, concentrating every left no mark upon him.

faculty in my ears. There was no reply.



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Illustrated by Joseph F. Kernan Watching Over You by Day and by Night, Just Watch Over the President of the United States ? THIS QUESTION UP TO YOU plaud me or condemn me. But, Doctor Price- “All lives are adventurous,” said the physician I've got to know, in my own heart, that I am gently. “Each minute of continued life is an right or life isn't worth the fight.”

adventure. You are a physician now, son. You He dropped in his chair again and stared at know how little it takes to snuff the candle. the dancing little flames. The doctor turned Is it not a little wonderful, when men die so and studied the proud young profile, for a mo- easily, that so many of us live?" ment, lovingly.

The young man's fine brow clouded thought“Did you ever have what men call a narrow fully. “Perhaps," he admitted. "What of that?” escape?” he asked, after a moment.

“I have sometimes fancied,” explained the old The young man looked up with quick surprise. doctor, “that the very fact that a man or a ""A narrow escape?" he repeated. "Why-I woman is permitted to grow to maturity, threaddon't know. Probably not.

I've not led an ing a precarious way through the infinite and adventurous life, you know.”

deadly perils that beset the path, is fair proof
that that man or that woman is being preserved
and guided to a given destiny-saved for the
performance of a given task.”
“It is mere chance-nothing more,” the young

man insisted. He quoted again:
"The Eternal Saki from the Bowl has poured
Millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour."

“If the bubble happens not to burst—that proves nothing," he added.

“But, suppose," the old doctor suggested, "suppose that imagine that each of us is under the protection of a sort of private secret service—just as the President is guarded wherever he goes. Does that not testify that we are guarded and guided toward a particular task-as he is?”

The young man laughed shortly. "It might—if it were true," he said.

Doctor Price smoked in silence for a little space; and he smiled thoughtfully at the glowing coals, as though at

some pleasant memory. By and by, he shifted a little in his chair and turned to the young man. “I visited the State prison ten days ago," he remarked.

"I remember," the young fellow nodded, his interest showing in his eyes. “What about it?”




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