o not begin the new year
Let the Past Go.
ing to yourself or others all your
losses and sorrows.
Let the past go.
Should some good friend
sent you with material for a lovely
garment, would you insult her by throwing it
aside and describing the beautiful garments you
had worn out in past times?
The new year has given you the fabric for
a fresh start in life,why dwell upon the events
which have gone, the joys, blessings and ad-
vantages of the past!
Do not tell me it is too late to be successful
or happy. Do not tell me you are sick or broken
in spirit, the spirit cannot be sick or broken,
because it is of God.
It is your mind which makes your body sick.
Let the spirit assert itself and demand health
and hope and happiness in this new year.
Forget the money you have lost, the mis-
takes you have made, the injuries you have
received, the disappointments you have
Real sorrow the sorrow which comes from
the death of dear ones, or some great cross well
borne, you need not forget. But think of these
things as sent to enrich your nature, and to
make you more human and sympathetic. You
are missing them if you permit yourself instead
to grow melancholy and irritable.
It is weak and unreasonable to imagine
destiny has selected you for special suffering.
Sorrow is no respector of persons. Say to
yourself with the beginning of this year that
you are going to consider all your troubles as an
education for your mind and soul; and that out
of the experiences which you have passed
through you are going to build a noble and
splendid character, and a successful career.
Do not tell me you are too old.
Age is all imagination. Ignore years and
they will ignore you.
Eat moderately, and bathe freely in water as
cold as nature's rainfall. Exercise thoroughly
Be alive, from crown to toe. Breathe deeply,
filling every cell of the lungs for at least five
minutes, morning and night, and when you
draw in long, full breaths, believe you are in-
haling helth, wisdom and success.
Anticipate good health. If it does not come
at once, consider it a mere temporary delay,
and continue to expect it.
Regard any physical ailment as a passing in-
convenience, no more.
Never for an instant believe you are per-
manently ill or disabled.
The young men of France are studying
alchemy, hoping to learn the secret which
shall give you whatever you desire.
Think of your body as the silver jewel box,
your mind as the silk lining, your spirit as the
gem. Keep the box burnished and clear of dust,
but remember always that the jewel within is
the precious part of it.
Think of yourself as on the threshold of un-
parralleled success. A whole, clear, glorious year
lies before you! In a year you can regain
health, fortune, restfulness, happiness!
Push on! Achieve, achieve!
The Heart of the New Thought. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago : The Psychic Research Company, c1902.