Instruction

Little incidents in daily life that go to make up purpose and achievement, often point a helpful moral, which, if heeded, opens the way for greater good. In learning to operate an automobile the writer was impressed by two points of instruction. Whenever the question was asked, "Do you think I can do this?" the reply was always, "Of course you can," and following this assurance, which tended to banish a sense of fear and limitation, came the alert thought and ready hand to steady the wheel and see that the car was guided safely. Thus was developed courage, which brought to light latent ability that makes for quick comprehension of whatever demands may be made upon one. The was made possible through confidence in the instructor, who was known to be expert in this line.

The other point was this : whenever danger seemed to loom ahead, or untried conditions, the question arose, "What shall I do when I reach that place?" The reproof came quickly, "Wait until you get there." Almost invariably when the dreaded point was reached, the path was clear, and if perchance it was not, the wisdom born of experience came to the rescue and showed how to steer safely through. This attitude of thought excluded worry, anxiety, foreboding, and taught the lesson that the same wisdom was operative at the end of the block as in the middle ; that the future holds no less of good than the present. These points were of value when the car was taken out alone, for "Wait until you get there," or "Of course you can," would come to thought in time of need and save the situation.

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