Promptness and Preparedness

In the many problems of business, in matters of statecraft, in the stress and storm of militant conditions, in all the ramifications of effort and endeavor, promptness in execution, preparedness to do, and swiftness in doing, are qualities which the general thought labels "dependable." These mental equipments and their exercise are just as necessary (perhaps more so) in things which men and women call small and insignificant as in the big things. It is an old and perhaps a trite expression, but nevertheless true, that no chain is stronger than its weakest link. As the infinitesimal moment broadens into the hour, the hours into the day, the days into the widespread horizon of eternity, so the seemingly small things unfold and develop into completeness of relation.

On page 230 of "Miscellaneous Writings" our Leader says: "Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present. ... All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours." One should not neglect the detail work, or slight any part of his duties merely because the detail matters seem either irksome or unimportant. Aspiring for success, one should start right. The work or occupation must be legitimate, the motives right, the purposes honest, and the desire to improve the moments sincere; then there should be no lack of confidence in ultimate success. And there can be no such lack when we fully rely upon divine Love for guidance.

Songs of Deliverance
November 1, 1913

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