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, AFTER SUPPER TALKS WITH CYNTHIA GREY.
t A Talk About Courage "
Courage is the Spirit your own Spirit spellcE with a capital SM
The spirit must have a kind of anatomical development, a pair"
of good wide shpulders,.the kind that Atlas holds the earth on, or'
$nat Samson had whetkhe pulled the temple of the Philistines upon
himself. The idea of the anatomy of the Spirit explains many
things otherwise difficult to understand. ;
You cannot tell from measuring the breadth of a man's
shoulders what kind of shoulders his Spirit has. - ' J
The shoulders of he Spirit may be the direct antithesis of the1
shoulders visible to the naked eye. He may have splendid ones' to!
look 'at and the shoulders of his Spirit may be so mean and narrow
and spindling that every burden will slip from them to the shoulders,
of somebody else, anybody else, for all he cares.
By means of these sloping spiritual shoulders he can slip out'
from under burdens that happen to choose him, and with perfect',
ease. You sometimes wonder how he does it. '
On the other hand your neighbor may have shoulders that are
narrow, bowed, not mates and -have a Spirit so stalwart and cour
ageous, with such square,, masterful shoulders, that he is carrying
'the world without .flinching.' t
These spiritual1 shoulders are the development of courage, and
fidelity, and reliabilityand willingness and loyalty.
Whenever a Spirit has- fine, wide, willing and comfortable
shoulders, burdens flock like doves and alight upon them. The!
Spirit never struts; its shoulders are of no account for shoulder
seams; nor do they reflect 'in the looking glass; if they did the.in
signia of heroism would be revealed there, real gold lace and epau
lettes in honor of the courage with which the battles have been
fought and won. ' p
Father's shoulders! The whole family have rested their el-,
bows upon them, they are bent now that he is growing old, but they
are.the same shoulders that served as a lofty pedestal to which he
lifted you when you ran down the road to meet him as fast as your
short legs could carry you.
Mother's shoulders ! She wouldn't be admitted' to the queen's
drawingroom, probably, but you can get a fair idea from the kind
and number of the burdens she has carried, about what kind of
shoulders her Spirit must have.
Has her Spirit ever for one second drawn back from a burden?
Hasn't her Spirit always lent itself cheerfully to development? It's
no use to ask questions about mother's Sprrit. There never was a
ime yet when th,e burdens that got there first wouldn't .move alonj
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