Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Challenge to Life Spiritmail 22102010

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The Challenge to Life Spiritmail 22102010
Travelling this week allowed me to spend some time in airport bookshops... and as Christmas approaches, the publishers have lots of NEW books for sale. One that caught my eye was a NEW OLD CLASSIC by Napoleon Hill first published in 1937 and usually overlooked for the more famous Think and Grow Rich, How to Sell Your Way Through Life.

Great words of wisdom stand the test of time... and nearly 75 years on this is a must read book.

In a letter that accompanied the manuscript to the publisher Hill reflected on being financially crippled by the great depression and how he rebuilt his fortune... here is that letter:

The Challenge to Life

Life, you can’t subdue me, because I refuse to take your discipline seriously. When you try to hurt me, I laugh, and laughter knows no pain.

I appropriate your joys wherever I find them. Your sorrows neither discourage nor frighten me, for there is laughter in my soul.

When I get the thing I want, I am glad, but temporary defeat does not make me sad. I simply set music to the words of defeat and turn it into a song about laughter.

Your tears are not for me. I like laughter much better, and because I like it, I use it as a substitute for grief and sorrow and pain and disappointment.
Life, you are a fickle trickster, don’t deny it!

You slipped the emotion of love into my heart so you might use it as a thorn with which to prick my soul, but I have learned to dodge your trap – with laughter.

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