FROM OUR EXCHANGES

[Christian World, London.]

The industry of loving carries with it in a surprising way the industry of cheerfulness. The world's melancholy is largely a laziness. People are sad because they are too idle to toil inwardly. Do you suppose joy is going to drop into you simply because you open your mouth ? Life is not constructed on those lines. Joy is the product of the disciplined, hard-working soul. It is an extract of the inner chemistry, a science which you must learn. Examine yourself when that heavy cloud of depression rests upon you, and ask whether it is as much an affair of outward circumstance as of defect and neglect in your inner machinery. It is the greatest gift of the gods, this command of our internal weather. You cannot disperse the cloud that floats a mile above you. But this fog inside you has no business there. It is movable, as you will perceive if you try. Ours is an age of depression, and the main reason of it lies in the sheer neglect of the soul's activities.

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