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Become Someone-ALONE

afraid of it. We have for so long talked and eaten, argued and thought, sung and even read in groups, that we are at a loss how to manage our minds or our bodies alone. We have become people, not persons. What was once individual about us has been diluted until both strength and color have disappeared.

And with the disappearance of our courage has gone much of our personal dignity. We no longer trust our own judgments; before we venture to praise or to condemn a book, a picture, a person, an idea, we look furtively about to find someone ready to stand by us in case we are on the unaccepted side of the fence. We can no longer capture the essence of experiences because they are forever shared and commented upon by others: they have ceased to be our own.
To restore color to our faded personalities and vitality to our languid minds, we must learn to do things, to think things, to become someone, alone. If we are to gain from the world of experience and of people what that world has to offer us, we must frequently withdraw from it and find new experiences within ourselves. We need that confidence in ourselves and strength from some Power greater than ourselves which can come to us only from occasional solitude.

Original Article-Copyright 1940, Yale University Press, 143 Elm St., New Haven, Conn.
(The Yale Review, Autumn, '40)
Condensed Version-Copyright rg4o, The Reader's Digest Assn., Inc.
(The Reader's Digeat, October, '40)

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. The next time you catch a glimpse of yourself in a store window or a counter mirror, skip the glance at your hat angle and check up on the expression just below. Then decide if it isn't worth a little time and effort to exchange that look of grim determination for something a little more appealing.
-Janet Lane in Collier's

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