It has been well said that "no conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself," but when in an individual a genuine desire has awakened actually to accomplish this end, then indeed there is promise that he will reach the highest. Until such a desire is born, progress toward the realities of being must needs be slow. Most of us are quite ignorant of this giant of self in our pathway, or, vaguely realizing that there is something there, fail to call it by name. Often, while seeing clearly the rocks upon which a neighbor stumbles, we lack the insight that would reveal the same obstruction confronting us.

Humanity is apt to look upon a person of strong will and determination as a tower of strength, and the individual himself comes to feel that he is a help and support, in many instances, to seemingly weaker brethren. This he not unnaturally looks upon as a good thing; he likes to be relied upon, and honestly resolves to be worthy of the confidence placed in him. Eager to help, ready to be called on in any emergency, he trusts to his self-reliance, and uses it as a sort of prop for those who seek and are glad to lean on him for support.

April 19, 1913

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