Thursday, April 15, 2010

George Matthew Adams

The first thing to bear in mind when you borrow trouble is that you have to pay back what you borrow.

And who wants to be paid back in trouble?

Every day I live I decide in my own mind that this is a good world. I may be wrong in my decision—but in such a case I shall willingly bear the responsibility.

At least, this is no world in which to borrow trouble. There is plenty without borrowing, anyway.

There was a song which originated during the World War that I wish might continue to live. It was about wrapping up your troubles in some sort of a bag and just—smiling! If you will try this out and then open up your bag, I will be one to venture the opinion that there will be no troubles there at all—they will have leaked out!

Bear responsibility, face the music and play the game——but give your working machine a chance to function without borrowing trouble.

Borrowing trouble is much like borrowing money—the more you do borrow, until you are enmeshed in troubles, every one of which looks lke some Gibraltar in size.

david Harum is made to say in Wescott's book of his name, that the reason why a dog has fleas is to keep him from brooding too much on being a dog.

Maybe that is like our having troubles—for we each have plenty of our own-so that we may not brood too much on being better than someone else, and may remember that we are, first and last, human.

But so long as we have troubles, let us not let it be known that we have them! And then they won't be borrowed-or lent.

It was Ella Wheeler Wilcox who once wrote that the earth had to borrow its mirth—but that it had trouble enough of its own!—