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v J WHY TAKE LIFE SO SI
By Orison Swett Maiden
| When President ltooscvclt was leav- tl
I ing Washington this^ summer for his f<
^ Oyster Bay vacation, some fviemls di
B> expressed their sympathy for him st
because of the great burden of his ti
I arduous tasks and the stupendous ni
I problems pressing upon him. "Oi},, o]
do not waste any sympathy on mo," ei
I he said, "I have enjoyed every in in- s'
ute of my stay in Washington. I T
have had a perfectly corking time."
Most men would take the prcsi- w
> dency so seriously they would be so ei
weighed down with its tremendous ii
responsibility and so anxious all the ai
time lest things should not go right, h:
y lest they should make some terrible fi
mistake, that they would not really ei
enjoy themselves very much. Sensi- hi
tiveness, timidity, would keep many bi
president from any real enjoyment because
of an embarrassing self-con- tl
ciousness as to how they were deport- ai
i ing themselves, how others were re- a
garding them. They would live in is
constant dread of the cartoon, cari- vi
cature, and criticism of the press. 01
But Mr. Roosevelt always gives the ?<
impression that lie is having a good
' time. He says lie gets a great deal ?1
of fun as lie goes along, from the lni- ni
morons and ludicrous things that are Y
constantl- happening, and that there
is plenty of it in Ins homo life. ni
r> When your husband or father
comes home again with a thunder- n'
cloud on his face, looking as though
he thought he were Atlas carrying the ?
world on his shoulders, just laugh him "
out of his seriousness; tell him how ni
. President Roosevelt manages to carry r
the responsibilities of a nation and S1
still keep fresh, sunny, and happy.
The president lias certainly given 11
American business and professional "
men a remarkable example of a man xv
performing the duties- and carrying w
the burdens of a great office without
losing his elasticity or buoyancy o? i*1
mind or body. u
Some of us are beginning to realize ,,(
thai we have taken life loo seriously; "
that we have not had enough play in n
our lives: that we have not had half ''
enough fun. Many business men see I'
the fallacy of working loo many l(
hours a day. I'
Formerly men thought they must
spend most or all of the daylight P
hours in working. Intense application
to business had become almost a Tl
religion. But now they are begin- <
ning to learn that it is efficiency, men- hi
tal vigor, freshness of mind and body,
g and not necessarily long hours, that t(
do things; and that the mental vigor, i'
freshness, and energy which produce tl
efficient work are impossible when the fi
body is weary and the brain is faggod;
that mental robustness means' fi
. physical robustness. So there has been a
a steady shortening of the working I'
hours of men of affairs, and an in- h
creasing of the play hours, just in tl
proportion to the importance and ef- s(
ficiency of their work and responsi- f<
' Multitudes of men now find that w
they can accomplish very much more 11
in a yeifr by spending part of the si
time which they used to put into f:
work in playing golf, lennis, or in f?
some other recreation, such as yachting
or flying about the country in
an automobile. e<
I There are plenty of business men ei
in litis country at the head of great 1'
establishments who get through an Vi
enormous amount of work, who do not et
spend more than three or four hours to
a day in their offices, and who fre- f<
quentlv take long vacations. They c?
find that a good deal of plav and mix- er
ing much with the world not only improves
their health and multiplies w
their efTlciency, hut also gives them a d(
broader, saner outlook. e>
There is no greater delusion than T
t that we can accomplish more by H
working a .ureal many hours, strain- w
ing mind and body to the limit of 1>(
endurance, than by working fewer m
, hours with less strain, less fatigue, pi
but with greater vigor, greater intensity.
flreal efficiency, vigorous mental 11
concentration, are impossible when st
the mind is overstrained, fatigued, or m
when we do not have sufficient re- 111
, creation to restore its elasticity, its re
rebound. Many Americans have the st
idea that great achievement depends
upon unceasing, strenuous industry, w
the everlasting grind. They think in
that the more I hoy work the more yr
they will accomplish. The fact is that
* what we achieve in life depends upon Hi
the effectiveness of our work, upon is
our effciencv, rather lhan upon I lie m
length of liine we work. In
Many people who are capable of ai
doing good work, do very inferior cl
work, simply because I hoy are in a <u
run-down, jaded condition much of w
iRIOUSLY, ANYWAY. !
In Siiccsss Magazine. J
>e time. Everywhere we nee ?nc
Jetivo, botched work, inferior pr
nets, because men do not keep thei
os ill a vigorous, healthy com
They do not play enough, .
"t have sullicient exercise in (.]
>en air; they do not have that r
cation that refreshens, renews, ai
lengthens both mind and muse]
hey take life too seriously.
When you have plenty ot' fun
ork with more vigor, and with grea
enthusiasm; you begin vour d;
' better spirits, are more' hoped
ikI you leave your work at nig!
PP.v> and in a more contcnti
ame of mind. Many men work the
nployees so ^11 any hours, and
!U(1? ",al they do not keen fre.s
novant, 'and enthusiasti".
Where did I lie' idea eome fro
,a wo r,io?M take life so seriousl
ii.vway? W|lv sl10nld a ir.an be su.
slave to his bread-winning? The
certainly something wrong in t]
m\v idea of sacrificing the juices
in- lives for the husks which v
Remember that there is somethi.
se 111 the wo^Jd just as important
inking money, and a little more ?
our health, your family, your fricn
ups should mean a thousand tim
lore to you than dollar-phasing.
Life was given us for enjoymer
nt for one long, strenuous, strainii
niggle spent in the drearv drudge
r scraping dollars together. Livin
etting was intended to be only
10re incidental in the larger life
rowtli, of freedom, of soul cxpa
?u> 111 i nd-en la rgement.
Men couhl get fnn out of their bus
' ss il they only knew how. and 1
iking (lie drudgery out of i| (hi
ould not only be happier, but tin
ould also lie more prosperous.
A great many men fail ber-ause tin
l-'J too serious; because they deveh
nsocial, morose. cold qualities whi<
Jpel, and which make them po
nxers. Tt is the sunshiny, hapj
it 111 e \\hich attracts friends ai
ade. I he too-serious people see
1 Si,y. "Keep awa.v from me, life
>0 serious a matter |o be spent <
"ivial things." Tliey are dry, ai
illy. because there is not ej;ou<
bi.v in their lives to furnish the nc
wary lubrication, variety, or chans
is well known that many b
11c ins-iiic because t'-ey ;i.iv? n
enough play in them lives.
V*?,|i,f l0r'e think it .< undignifii
> give full vent to their Cun-Iovii
>>tinct. They think the' mu?t
!ouv:Jdful, sober-minded, very <li<?i
"'cv would carry anv weisr
1 1 lie world, and not be regarded
tIi I-headed and frivolous. We ha
H seen people who go about wi
ieir finger on their lips, figuraiiv
speaking, as though they faer
e.v might laugh out loud'or s;
unething funny. "Away with the
dlows who go howling tlirom
ie. wrote Reecher, "and nil t!
Passing for birds of paradi?
I'1 that can not laugh and be g;
ould look to himself. He shou
wt and pray until his face breal
>rth into light."
there is too little sentiment in th
>n 11 try; almost everything is redu
1 to a commercial basis, and has re
"cnce to the dollar. Our Amcrici
te has become so strenuous, time :
duable, that even Dr. Edward Eve
I Hale, chaplain of the United St
s senate is only allowed one minu
?r prayer in the senate chamber, e
'Pfing on some extraordinary o
1 have heard travelers say th;
lien in the United States, tliev fe
pressed, because of the sad, serioi
jpressions on the American face
hcv say we are prematurely ol
ml we take tilings too seriously, (hi
e seem to think life was intended 1
spent only in pursuing with |p
endons energy some occupation <
I he average American gives a fo
gner the iinpressionn that he is
|at he is in the act of rolling a h.i<
onp l,p 11 S'(>0P bill; that while 1
av smile for a moment now at
"'ii. he does not dare to stop ar
st and have a little fun lest II
one get awav from him.
Why take life so seriously, nir
a> ' A lo< of I'lay will not on'
iprove your health, but inereamr
Tfappy recreation has a' very sul
'""'lenee upon ones ability,*whir
emphasized and heightened ai
uli iplied by if. JTow or.r cm,rage
aeed up, our delermi .ation, on
nlnhon. our whole on!Wk on li
langed by it! The,-, seems <0 be
idle fluid from humor md fn
Inch penetrates the entire boin,
bailies all the nieutal faculties, and
^ washes out the brain-ash end debris
^ trom exhausted cerebrum and inns
eles. We have all experienced the
transforming, refreshing, renewing,
W rejuvenating power of good, wholeA
P From business and econovienl
,j?. standpoints alone, to say nothing of
0_ increased health and happiness, even
n- n good deal of time spent in play is
time well spent, and is an essential
] ) part of the shrewdest, most profitable
|,c business policy you can adopt.
t?_ The man too absorbed in his busiid
ness or vocation, too busy to take
|Gt care of his health, to preserve it by
whoseome recreation, is like a workin
man who is too busy to sharpen his
iv ^ may never be able to aecumu,1,
late a large fortune, but whether you
lit are a big lawyer or a small onV, u
?c] large merchant or a little one, you
can cultivate the capacity for enjoyso
ment and fun, and can get a groat
j]? deal more out of life than many who
are perhaps far above you in wealth
m and position.
y, Take your fun every day as you go
ih along. That is the only way to bo
vc sure of it. Do not postpone your
lie happiness; paradise is here or nonf
\'e Do not drag your buisncss home.
Lock it in your office when you leave
ig there at night, and do not think of
as if until you return. The long, anx o.
ions, sad face and the sour expresd
xion do not belong in the family circs
.lust make up your mind that you
it, are going to make your home the
happiest place on earth?so happy
i'.v and so attractive that your children
g- will prefer spending an evening there
a to going anywhere else. Make a busi?
ness of having a good time'after dinn
ner or after supper, and during your
holidays. T.et your presence in the
*1- home he a signal to the children for
>v :i rmnp and a play and a good time
^y generally. Do not l)n afraid of a lilP.V
tie noise, or of a little scratched or
broken furniture now and then. This
l>y is infinitely belter than stunted childhood.
dyspepsia, and doctor's bills,
rli The growth of many a child has been
or irved and stunted to save a little
>.v furniture, bric-a-brac, or clothing,
id The first duty we owe a child is to
m teach it to fling out its inborn gladis
ness and joy with the same freedom
*i' and abainlou as the bobolink does
id when it makes the meadow joyous
'h with its song. Suppression of* the
fun-loving nature of a child means
:e. the suppression of its mental and
c- moral faculties, .joy will go out of the
>t heart (if a child after a while if it is
continually suppressed. Mothers who
I'd are constantly cautioning tho little
?g ones not to do this or not to do that,
be telling them not to laugh or make a
ii- noise, until they lose their natural1't
ness and become little old men and
as women, do^not realize the harm they!
ve are doing.
th An eminent writer says, "Children
e- without hilarity will never amount to
cd much. Trees without blossoms will
fiv never bear fruit."
se There is an irrepressible longing
rh for amusement, for rollicking fun, in
lie young people, and if these longings
>e. were more fully met in the home it
\y would not be so dillieult to keep the
Id boy and girl under the parental roof,
ks T always think there is something
wrong when the father or the chilis
dren are so very uneasy to get out of
c- the house at night and to go off
f- "somewhere" where they will have
in a good time. A happy, joyous home
so is a powerful magnet to child and '
r- man. The sacred memory of it has
a- kept many a person from losing his
te self-respect, and from the commisx
sion of crime.
e- Fun is the cheapest and best medicine
in the world for your children as
nt well as for yourself. fSive it to them
el in good large doses. It will not only
is save you doctor's bills, hut it will
is. also help to make your children hap
d, pier, and will improve their chances
nt in lif'> W' j* o'tld ; f. need In.lf
[o many prisons, insane asylums, an,I
e- almshouses if all childre \ had a ha;>ir
The very fact that the in-uinrf to
r- play, that the love of fun i- imin
pcrious in the child sin. w< a great
to necessity in its nature, which, if
ie suppressed, will leave a fannuie in
id its life.
id A sunny, joyous, happy childhood
ie i* io !!;? Midividua* \\ ?ai rn*:? s.:!
an 1 venial sun arc to the vo m>' 11 ur
v- If the early conditions ar? no ! fav|y
orable, the plant starves and becomes
3,3 'itur.ted, and the results cun not be
corrected in the later tree. It is now
I)- or never with the plant. This is true
h with the human plant also. A starvid
ed, suppressed, stunted childhood
is makes a dwarfed man. A joyful,
r happy, fun-loving environment defe
velops powers, resource.-, and possia
bilities which would remain latent in
in a cold, dull, repressing atmosphere,
g, Everywhere we see men and wo
men discontented ami unhappy, because
there was no play in their early
lives, ami when the young' clay had
hardened it would not respond to u
Can anything be more incongruous
on this glorious, glad earth, than the
picture ol" a worrying child, a child
with a sad face, a human rosebud
blighted before it lias a chaco to open
up its petals, and fling out its beauty
Somebody has sinned and is responsible
for this blight, this blasting
ol promise, lliis chilling of hope, this
strangling of possibility.
Childhood should be sunny. Clouds
do not belong to chilhood. Jov, beauty,
exuberance, enthusiasm, bouvancy,
belong to chilhood. A sad, worrying
child, a child who has no childhood, is
a disgrace to civilization.
What has a child to do with tin1
past or the. future? It should live in
the glad, joyous now. To fill the
hour with happiness, with gladness,
this is the child's life.
Enemies of Dyspepsia and 'Blues."
T know a family with whom it is a
per led joy to dine. The members of
this family vie with one another in
seeing who can say the brightest, wittiest,
funniest things and tell the best
stories during dinner. Dyspepsia and
nagging are unknown there.
The announcement of dinner should
be the signal for a jolly good time.
Make the dinner hour the brightest,
eheerfulest, most sunshiny hour of
the whole day. Fine all "knockers"
and every one who appears with a
long face. Laughter and fun are the
enemies of dyspepsia and the 'bines."
The home ought to .be a sort of
theater for fun and all sorts of
sports a place where the children
should take the active parts, although
the parents should come in
for a share too. Don't Mr. Business
or Air. Professional Man, cast a gloom
over your home just because things
have gone wrong during the day!
^ our wife and children have troubles
of their own. They have a right to I
expect that you will contribute something
besides vinegar to I lie dinner
hour and the evening. r
Did not Lyeurgus sel up the god of
laughter in the Spartan eating-halls
because lie thought there was no
sauce like laughter at meals?
I he constantly increasing success
of I lie vaudeville playhouses and ot tier
places of amusement all over this
country shows the tremendous demand
in the human economy for fun.
Most people do not appreciate that
this demand must be met in some
form or the character will be warped
"Laugh until T come back," was a
noted clergyman's "good-bv" salutation.
Tt is a good one for us all.
Many people make anything like
joy or happiness impossible by dwelling
upon the disagreeable, or the sad
and the gloomy things of life. They
always see Die ugly, the crooked, the
wrong side of things.
T once lived in a clergyman's family
where T scarcely heard,a person
laugh in months. It seemed to be a
part of the inmates religion to wear
long faces, and to be sober-minded
and solemn. They did not have much
use for this world; they seemed to be
living for the world to come, and,
laugh, he would?of|en remind me that
T had better be thinking of my "latter
end" preparing for death which
might come at any moment. Laughter
was considered frivolous, worldly,
and. as for playing in the house, it
would not be tolerated for an instant.
The Religion of Cheerfulness.
1 he time has gone by when longfaced,
too-sober, too-serious people
shall dominate the world. Melancholy,
solemnity used to be regarded as a
sign of spirituality, but it is now
looked upon as the imprint of a morbid
mind. There is no religion in it.
True religion is full of hope, sunshine,
optimism, and cheerfulness. Tt
is joyous and glad and beautiful.
There is no Christianity in the ugly,
the discordant, the sad. The religion
which Christ taught was bright,
cheerful, and beautiful. The sunshine.
the "lilies of the field," the
"birds of the air," the hills, the valleys,
the t rees, the mountains, I he
brooks?all things beautiful ?were in
Tlis leaching. There was no cold, drv
theology in if. It was just happy
Christ ianit v!
With many people, seriousness
seems to be a necessary part of success.
They look upon fun as frivolous.
undignified, and unbecoming to
a person who is trying !o be somebody.
but they do not realize that the
capacity for play is just as important
as I lio capacity for work, that the
two belong together, that neither is
complete without the other.
Life was given us for work and
play, not for either exclusively.
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