hat do you think about the
first thing in the morning?
Your thoughts during the first
half-hour of the morning will
greatly influence the entire day.
You may not realize this, but it is
nevertheless a fact.
If you set out with worry, and depression,
and bitterness of soul toward fate or man, you
are giving the key note to a day of discords and
If you think peace, hope and happiness, you
are sounding a note of harmony and success.
The result may not be felt at once, but it
will not fail to make itself evident eventually.
Control your morning thoughts. You can do
The first moment on waking, no matter what
your mood, say to yourself: "I will get all the
comfort and pleasure possible out of this day,
and I will do something to add to the measure of
the world's happiness or well-being. I will con-
trol myself when tempted to be irritable or un-
happy, I will look for the bright side of every
Once you say these things over to yourself in
a calm, earnest way, you will begin to feel more
cheerful. The worries and troubles of the com-
ing day will seem less colossal.
Then say: "I shall be given help to meet
anything that comes to-day. Everything will be
for the best. I shall succeed in whatever I
undertake. I cannot fail."
Do not let it discourage you if the moment
you leave your room you encounter a trouble or
a disaster. This usually happens. When we
make any boasts, spiritually or physically, we
are put to the test. The occult forces about us
are not unlike human beings. When a school-
boy boasts of his strength, and says he can "lick
any boy in school," he generally gets a chance
to prove it.
When we declare we are brave enough to
overcome any fate, we find our strength put to
the test at once.
But that is all right. Prove your words to
be true. Regard the troubles and cares you en-
counter as the "punching bags" of fate, given
you to develop your spiritual muscle.
Go at them with courage and keep to your
By and by the troubles will lessen, and you
will find yourself master of Circumstances.
The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago : The Psychic Research Company, c1902.