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IF WE COULD ALL JUST REALIZE, THE AMBITION
- OFMAKING PEOPLE SMILE
I BY JANE WHITAKEA' :
It is strange how the word ambition has become allied wfth greed
Greed of wealth and greed of power. . '
And yet that is not the real meaning of the word. 'The-true definition
of ambition is a "desire for better things."
One of the most ambitious women I know lives in,a very;modest home,
She writes children's stories and hymn poems. Her Income ,is iot nearlj
so great as she could make it if her conception of ambition were the ac
cepted one greed of wealth and power.
But it isn't, though once it was, And the strangest little ihcident opened
her eyes to the true beauty of real ambition. l
She was despondent over her failure to quickly each the top. Alone
in a big city, with no one in whom to confide, it dawned upon her one da5
that the world is strangely devoid of smiles.
She passed her landlady in the hall and the woman bowed a curl
good-morning. She waited for the postman on the doorstep and he handed
her the letters mechanically without a word of greeting. She went into a
store to make a small purchase and
the girl was plainly tired and out of
And that day in the woman of
whom I speak was born the ambition
to make people SMILE.
I think that is a beautiful ambition.
Her success is slow, but it is sureljr
coming; She preaches the doctrine
of smiles, and when she finds a wo
man or a- child, and sometimes a man,
who is too sick at heart to smile, she
does what lies in her power for them,
and takes her pay always in the same
coin a smile.
There are so many shnilar ambi
tions that are worth while. But that
seems to me to be the greatest of
them all. .
Stop nd think sometimes how
often you pass people carelessly
whose faces show aching hearts, de
spondency, perhaps' only physical
pain, but their lips.do not smile. And
you, if "you are ambitious 4.0 make
people smile, could spend a few mo
ments in' listening, in sympathizing,
and perhaps, though it is rarely re
quired, you can give a little financial
boost that doesn't cripple you rbut
brings its reward in a smile.
r Is' there anything better than that?
Would the greatest mound of. gold
gathered while women wept and men
cursed and children starved give you
the same happiness that just one
smile on a "weary face, will bring ta
you, if you know you caused it?
Would the finest mansion on the
Lake Shore Drive, with its attendant
luxuries, bring that thrill of ecstatic
happiness to your heart that the slow
.sweet curve of lips into a smile of
new courage may cause to fluttei
And it isn't only the stranger thai
you may feel ambitious to make
smile. What about the people at
What about-father, tired after a
day in the store or in an office, dis
heartene'd because' he is struggling
so hard and with such.poor returns?
.Don't you think it would "be a great
ambition Realized if you could make
that hopeless, look fade from his eyes,
and his lips'smije up at you for one
care-free, joyous.'happy moment?
And mother? Mother who is shut
in all day with a thousand little wor
ries. Mother who muat always
scheme to stretch the family income
to cover so many necessary expendi
tures? Mother who looks back upon
her happy girlhood and then growa
hopeless over the burden-laden prea