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How To Live On Twenty-Four Hours A Day

THE EXERCISE of concentrating the mind (to which at least half an hour a day should be given) is a mere preliminary, like scales on the piano. Having acquired power over that most unruly member, one has naturally to put it to the yoke. A course of primary study is indicated.
Now as to what this course of study should be there cannot be any question. It is the study of one's self. Man, know thyself. These words are so hackneyed that I blush to write them, yet only the most sagacious put them into practice. What is more than anything else lacking in the life of the average well-intentioned man of today is the reflective mood.
We do not reflect upon genuinely important things; upon the problem of our happiness, upon the main direction in which we are going, upon what life is giving to us, upon the share which reason has (or has not) in determining our actions, and upon the relation between our principles and our conduct.
Happiness does not spring from physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles. A life in which conduct does not fairly well accord with principles is a silly life; and that conduct can be made to accord with principles only by means of daily examination, reflection and resolution. The less we reflect, the less reasonable we shall be. The next time you get cross with the waiter because your steak is overcooked, ask reason to step into the anteroom of your mind, and consult her. She will probably tell you that the waiter did not cook the steak, and had no control over the cooking; and that even if he alone was to blame you accomplished nothing by getting cross; you merely lost your dignity, looked a fool and soured the waiter, while producing no effect whatever on the steak.
The result of this consultation with reason (for which she makes no charge) will be that the next time your steak is overcooked you will treat the waiter as a fellow creature, remain quite calm, and politely insist on having a fresh steak. The gain will be obvious and solid.

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