Exactly the same statement is true about life. It is impossible to unscramble life. Hence, with life before us, we must be reasonably sure of the use we wish to make of it before we break the shell, and we must not wait too long; nor must we expect to undo, to-morrow, the act we have performed to-day.
The familiar expression, "many men, many minds," like all proverbs, is rich in meaning. Every man fashions his own mansion, and he must dwell in it. If he will turn to the records of literature, and, at the same time, observe men about him, he will learn a few principles about success that should ultimately make the mansion he is building for himself a delightful and beautiful dwelling place.
He will learn from biography, and from life about him, that success does not consist solely in the possession of things. Even an abun dance of money is impotent to give its possessor many of the real pleasures of life, for the real pleasures of life are not exclusively material. It behooves us, before we actually crack the shell of life, to realize this.
To be able in old age to look back upon a life of industry, and to find in its records nothing to regret ; to possess a mind keenly alive to the world of books and art ; to respond to the beauties of nature; to possess a quick and abounding sympathy for one's fellow man; to be at peace in regard to the future into which we pass, when the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken; in these, as in beau tiful baskets, there are contained all the fruits of success that are worthy of our gathering.
Success, then, must make its appeal to the whole man. In seeking its gifts we must not fail to remember that we have many baskets for the gathering of our harvest. We must strive to possess a mind and a body that are keenly attuned to that spirituality of which they are symbols. We must educate ourselves daily in order to be set free, to be liberated, that we may travel along many highways of the intel lectual world. Our daily labor must never be come drudgery to us; it must appeal to the whole man. Time is the precious coinage of our realm and we must learn to spend it wisely. Good books and art must appeal to us for their reality. The inner senses of Perception and Intuition must be as delicately responsive as we crave the outer senses to be. In brief, we must have Ideals, and Ideals must constantly be resolved into essential and practical things. The ultimate Ideal may forever keep beyond us, but, nevertheless, we must pursue it. "Ideals are like stars; you may not succeed in touching them with your hands ; but, like the sea-faring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and, following them, you reach your destiny." As we gradually come into contact with life through these channels we shall find that money and all nunerial possessions take places logically in the scheme of being; and we sby neither undermine than lacr rue new mo high among the essential assets of a truly samesKin 1 career.