Paste it in your hat, and read it every day

We here at Storyteller central are working on our resolutions for the year.  If you are making your own list, you might find the following from the January 2, 1903 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri) helpful:

New Year Resolutions.

A well known Lincoln business man announced the following as his line of endeavor of the New Year:

“To be joyous in my work, moderate in my pleasures, chary in my confidences, faithful in my friendships; to be energetic, but not excitable; enthusiastic, but not fanatical; loyal to the truth as I see it, but ever open minded to the newer light; to abhor gush as I would profanity, and to rate cant as I would a lie; careful in my promises, punctual in my engagements, candid with myself and frank with others, to discourage shams and rejoice in all that is beautiful and true; to do my work and live my life so that neither shall require defence or apology; to honor no one because rich or famous and to despise no one because humble or poor; to be gentle and considerate toward the weak; respectful, yet self respecting toward the great, courteous to all, obsequious to none, to seek wisdom from the great books and inspiration from great men; to invigorate mind with noble thoughts as I do my body with sunshine and fresh air, to prize all sweet human friendship and to seek to make at least one home happy; to have charity for the erring, sympathy for the sorrowing, cheer for the despondent, to be indifferent to none, helpful to some, friendly to all; to leave the world a little better off because of me; and to leave it when I must, bravely, cheerfully, with faith in God and good will to all my fellow men.”

This is an excellent sermon in a very few words. Paste it in your hat and read it every day.  It will do you good like a medicine.