When he lays hold upon an activity that men call business, he will select an order of work that permits him to express himself fully. He will realize that every thought and act are a perpetual record. Seen or unseen, each one leaves its mark upon the soul and repeats the 'record every time he turns to it.
In his pursuit of business, which is his con fession and motive of life, he will prize his time as the precious hour for inscribing his message. He will not lose it nor misuse it. Into it the humble man will breathe the mes sage of the master word—Work. That he may do this with satisfaction to himself and to store up pleasure for later days, he will seek every means that offers to increase his work ing efficiency, for his working efficiency is that message he whispers to his hands when he questions and advises them.
Now the humble man will work, but also he will dream, and in his dreams he will hear, as did King Solomon, the divine presence bid him wish for that which he most desires. Then he must be wise, and not desire the treasures that one day he must turn from because they are not a permanent possession. Let him ask for the understanding heart, and with it there will come so much more than he foresaw that the bounty of it will amaze him.
The humble man must remember that his dreams are ideals calling to him to come to them ; to look upon them, to love them, to go out into the environment and take them with him as precious realities. It is not the dreams, but the dreamer in action that is as tonishing.
In his pursuit of equipment and efficient force with which to act, the humble man will turn to the messages of the past in books and art, and to those of the present, in the ac tivity about him. Let him seek his dreams in these • not the dreams of other men, but his own. Somewhere he will find a faintly marked trail that is good for him to follow. Once his feet are firmly planted upon it he will make a broad highway, and the memorials of his mind and hands that he sets up as he journeys will be good for the sight of others.
The need of getting a living and of build ing a fortune must not dismay him. Only too often they do this. He must not read these activities in the terms of things to possess, but of character to attain. Then he will devote the sweat of his brow to the labor the gods demand for all good things.
As he makes and travels his broad highway, he will now and then journey to the right and to the left across the flowered fields that stretch about him. In so doing he will find delight
beyond measure; but let the humble man re member that the guide awaits him on the road, and will not wait forever. Let him think se riously for a moment of a man lost in the fields with no pathway to lead him, and he will un derstand the paralyzing power of ill-used riches and the nullifying effect of idleness.
When he turns to other men and seeks to know what they have done on the way, he will, if he speaks with true men, gather from them strength and more abundant faith, for they will tell him only what he knows already to be true. Their highways may be attrac tive to his imagination, he may wish to go over them and see their beauties, but he will soon discover that the suggestion in them is : "This is the record of a man. It is not your record." If he be wise, he will hasten back to his broad highway and travel it with greater faith.
When the humble man turns to the treas ures of books and art, he must not lose faith in himself. Great as they are, the power that made them is the very power with which he is working. The records differ only in de gree.
As he travels, the humble man will see many things of which he will forever cherish the remembrance. Let him store them up in his memory and dwell with them. They are such stuff as will quicken his dreams and ultimately enrich him.
When he is convinced that it matters not what a man does so long as he does it as a man, he will comprehend that divinity is one, though its manifestations are many. The Forge Worker, the man watching the pots in the kiln, and all others, are one with him. He comes to learn by knowing them that envy undoes a man, while self-reliance and the im pulse of extending the helping hand, increase a man.
Hence, there is but one message alike for the poet, the artist, and the humblest worker ; let him show a true manifestation of the spirit within him and, humble as he may be, he is at once become a poet and an artist.
Now the conviction that this is true may not rest continuously within him, but if he is assured of it now and again, those few mo ments of assurance will show him plainly, de spite the difficulties of labor, that life is, after all, divine. Then he will believe that he may use all factors of success ; all are free to him; all await him. It is asked in exchange only that he send down, from the height where he dwells, a worthy message to his hands.