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The Troubles Of Life

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It is an old saying, and true of most people, that more than half of our troubles are borrowed troubles. In contact witb the men of thia world any individual will do well to make up his raind that ho will meet with many things that will worry him ; fret and chafe his mind, harrass and bother. Now there are enough of those that are real and unavoidable, one would think, not to imagine others. Experiences euables many a foreboding mind to say afterward, how foolish I have been to borrow all this trooble, as I now see it was all iinaginary. Multitudes of uneasy minds think, if a letter from the absent does not arrive at just the expected mail, why he must certainly be siek ; if there is a little difficulty around, why every thiug is jeoparded ; if such another thiug does happen, what can I do ? And this anxiety about what one shall do, turns out very often to be under whollv imaginary eircumstances. The real troublos of life, thosa evils which one must meet, it is worthy of remark, are both less in number and in magnitude, whon actually encountered, than when they looked forward to them in the distance. The caae mentally may be as it is physically - they are uot clearly seen or well defined, and henee assume eolos sal shapes ; just as objects seen in a fog, seem very much larger than when the fog clears off or you approach nearer, and their outlines becoraes distinot. - And should one count up his real affliotions, he would find them much less in number for the counting, just as it has been suggested, any personally interested parishioncr will find the congregatiou of two or three hundred on the Sabbath dwindles down to one hundred and fifty on an actual count. No, no ! misanthropic man, or troubleborrowing woman, your lot is not the hardest under the suu. Littl├╝ troubles you have ; and a sober affliction row and then will fall to your lot. But others of your fellow travelers are in the samo category. They bear up well under it; and why should not you ? A few troubles well borne will make you the better for it all ; and if you have had a cloudy day, or a stormy season, you wiil enjoy the better sunshine, that is soon to follow. It shows, moreover, a noble mind and bold heart, to go on in an even and composed spirit, when littlo petty troubles come around, like flocks of bees, or even a sober trial creases your palh. One point of well doing is not, to multiply the troubles of life by a morbid imagining of real ones. Another is, to put a good face on, look cheerful, be hopeful, and go straight forward in duty, when they do come. Take matters as they come, and make tliy mission of life a cheerful and sucoessful ono. Give dark brooding, foreboding cares to the wind. Borrow not trouble ; but when they do come bear up under them fully and


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Michigan Argus