How we can change our self
Many years ago, a White House physician, Dr. Baker, told this story in a public meeting: “The happiest man I ever knew lived in St. Louis. One day I went over to his home to ask him what the secret of his happiness was. This is the story he told me:
“When I was a young man I was heels over head in love with the sweetest girl that ever lived. I still am, and she still is. I have been married to her for thirty years, but she had one fault then, and she has it yet—she is always late.
“One day she begged me to take her to a concert to hear a certain singer. I promised her I would take her on one condition—that she would be ready a half-hour ahead of time. If she was not ready on time, we agreed I would tear up the tickets.
“When I got to her home about twenty minutes before time, her mother met me at the door and sadly shook her head. ‘Nellie will never be ready in time. She just came in.’ I walked the floor, and I watched the clock as the minutes dragged by, and I got more and more furious. Finally, when the half-hour was up, I flung myself in a chair by the table and picked up a book. On the flyleaf of it were four little lines that changed my whole life. They read:
“For every evil under the sun, there is a remedy or there is none.
If there is one, seek till you find it; if there be none, never mind it.”
“I decided there was no remedy for her tardiness and so I would simply accept it. I also decided at that moment that this would be my philosophy for life. Nothing ever took more misery out of my life than the determination that I wouldn’t worry over the things I couldn’t change.’” — Source unknown.