Smile and Push

If you are going through hard times, we offer our empathy and sympathy.  If, however, you’re simply down in the dumps and need someone to take firm hold of your collar and pull you out, we can offer the following stern talking-to, as printed in the May 3, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1, with words from an exchange:

Smile and Push.

Don’t talk about your hard luck.  Refuse to believe it.  Scorn to whine about.  Get the whine out of your voice, or it will stop the growth and development of your body.  It will narrow and shrink your mind.  It will make you unpopular.  Quit your whining; brace up; go to work; be something, stand for something; fill your place in the universe.  Instead of whining around exacting only pity and contempt, face about and make something of yourself.  Reach up to the stature of a strong, ennobling womanhood, to the beauty and strength of superb manhood.  There is nothing the matter with you.  Just quit whining and go to work.  If you continually talk about your bad luck and moan about your ill fortune, and create for yourself an atmosphere of misfortune which will certainly overwhelm you unless stopped in time.

The man or woman who persistently fears that such a thing is not going to turn out well is enlisting powerful forces against his success.  — Ex.