Here’s a wonderful manifesto from “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard (1914 edition)
Thank you to www.justsell.com for connecting me to this inspiration
LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned or “good,”
but to be Radiant.
I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, sincerity,
calm courage and good-will.
I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank,
clean in mind and clean in body,
unaffected – ready to say, “I do not know,” if so it be,
to meet all men on an absolute equality –
face any obstacle and meet every difficulty
unafraid and unabashed.
I wish others to live their lives, too,
up to their highest, fullest and best.
To that end I pray that I may never meddle, dictate, interfere,
give advice that is not wanted,
nor assist when my services are not needed.
If I can help people I’ll do it
by giving them a chance to help themselves;
and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example,
inference and suggestion,
rather than by injunction and dictation.
That is to say, I desire to be Radiant – to Radiate Life.
– Elbert Hubbard, “A Message to Garcia” (1899)
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