owever great the obstacles
you and your goal may be or have
been, do not lay the blame of your
failure upon them.
Other people have succeeded in
overcoming just as great obstacles.
Remove such hindrances from the path for
others, if you can, or tell them a way to go
around. Even lead them a little distance and
cheer them on.
But so far as you yourself are concerned, do
not stop to excuse any delinquency or half-
heartedness or defeat by the plea of circumstance
The great nature makes its own environ-
ment, and dominates circumstance.
It all depends upon the amount of force in
your own soul.
While you apply this rule to yourself and
make no scapegoat of "fate," you must have
consideration for the weakness of others, and
you must try and better the conditions of the
world as you go along.
You are robust and possessed of all your
limbs. You can mount over the great boulder
which has fallen in the road to success, and go
on your way to your goal all the stronger for
But behind you comes a one-legged man--
a blind man--a man bowed to the earth with
a heavy burden, which he cannot lay down.
It will require weeks, months, years of effort
on their part to climb over that rock which you
surmounted in a few hours.
So it is right and just for you to call other
strong ones to your aid and roll the boulder
away or blast it out of the path.
That is just exactly the way you should think
of the present industrial conditions.
In spite of them, the strong, well-poised,
earnest and determined soul can reach any
But there are boulders in the road which do
not belong there, boulders which cause hun-
dreds of the pilgrims who are lame or blind or
burdened, to fall by the wayside and perish.
It is your duty to aid in removing these
obstacles and in making the road a safe and clear
thoroughfare for all who journey.
Do not sit down by the roadside and say you
have been hindered by these difficulties, that is
to confess yourself weak.
Do not mount over them and rush to your
goal and say coldly to the throngs behind you,
"Oh, everybody can climb over that rock who
really tries--didn't I?" That is to announce
yourself selfish and unsympathetic.
No doubt the lame, the blind and the
burdened could attain the goal despite the rocks
if they were fired by a consciousness of the
divine force within them; that consciousness
can achieve all things under all circumstances.
But there will always be thousands of pil-
grims toiling wearily toward the goal who have
not come to this realization.
If there are unjust, unfair and unkind re-
strictions placed about them, see to it that you
do all in your power to right what is wrong.
But never wait to attain your own success
because of these restrictions or obstacles.
Believe absolutely in your own God-given
power to overcome anything and everything.
Think of yourself as performing miracles
with God's aid.
Desire success so intensely that you attract
it as the magnet attracts the steel.
Help to adjust things as you go along, but
never for a moment believe that the lack of
adjustment can cause you to fail.
The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago : The Psychic Research Company, c1902.