I will be sharing daily (for the most part) entries here from the works of the late New Thought author James Allen. Might share reflections on my own improvement efforts along the way or bring up random discussion on self-improvement topics from time to time. The daily entries shall provide a structure for the overall thread however as I feel these words are foundational for any of my own improvements; the timeless, universal wisdom these words embody that is. I already eat insanely healthy and know more than I need to about fitness and wellness for a lifetime. Time to get down and dirty with the inner improvements, in character and mind. Every resource is already with you and within you. December Twenty-Fourth. JUST as the strong doing of small tasks leads to greater strength, so the doing of those tasks weakly leads to greater weakness. What a man is in his fractional duties that he is in the aggregate of his character. Weakness is as great a source of suffering as sin, and there can be no true blessedness until some measure of strength of character is evolved. The weak man becomes strong by attaching value to little things and doing them accordingly. The strong man becomes weak by falling into looseness and neglect concerning small things, thereby forfeiting his simple wisdom and squandering his energy. There is no way to strength and wisdom but by acting strongly and wisely in the present moment. Twenty-Fourth Morning Not by learning will a man triumph over evil; not by much study will he overcome sin and sorrow. Only by conquering himself will he conquer evil; only by practising righteousness will he put an end to sorrow. Not for the clever, nor the learned, nor the self-confident is the Life Triumphant, but for the pure, the virtuous and wise. The former achieve their particular success in life, but the latter alone achieve the great success so invincible and complete that even in apparent defeat it shines with added victory. Twenty-Fourth Evening The true silence is not merely a silent tongue; it is a silent mind. To merely hold one’s tongue, and yet to carry about a disturbed and rankling mind, is no remedy for weakness, and no source of power. Silentness, to be powerful, must envelop the whole mind, must permeate every chamber of the heart; it must be the silence of peace. To this broad, deep, abiding silentness a man attains only in the measure that he conquers himself.