THE soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
ONLY think of this: whoever loves you is growing like you! Neither you nor he can hinder it, unless at the cost of alienation. Is the resemblance worth creating? Should you be pleased to see in your own friend another self? Would he appear to you with an added light of excellence, or with a duller shade as of disappointment and saddened hope? O, if you are not a desolate being in this world, if you are grateful but for one creature’s love, if a child’s love or a parent’s shelter, a sister’s pride or a brother’s manly joy, rests upon you, rise to the height of so pure a blessing; reverence the sanctity of those dear souls; drag them not down by the very embrace by which they cling to you; but, in requital of their faithful cares, strive, if it be possible, to lift them to a mood they will rejoice to reach, and through their gentleness secure their consecration.
IT is personal influence that determines the size of a life; not words, or even deeds.
R. W. Barbour