By Ray Stannard Baker
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Now twenty years of my life—to me—is worth more than a million dollars. I simply can’t afford to sell it for that. I prefer to invest it, as somebody or other has said, unearned in life. ” 40 DAVID GRAYSON ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT “See here,” said John Starkweather, “you are taking a narrow view of life. You are making your own pleasure the only standard. Shouldn’t a man make the most of the talents given him? ” “Now you are shifting your ground,” I said, “from the question of personal satisfaction to that of duty.
A busy good-smelling steam arises from all her dishes at once, and the light in the middle of the table is of a redness that enthralls the human soul. As for Harriet herself, she is the personiﬁcation of comfort, airy, clean, warm, inexpressibly wholesome. And never in the world is she so engaging as when she ministers to a man’s hunger. Truthfully, sometimes, when she comes to me out of the dimmer light of the kitchen to the radiance of the table with a plate of mufﬁns, it is as though she and the mufﬁns were a part of each other, and that she is really offering some of herself.
So long as they are used upon the good earth—used to wholesome weariness—they remain healthy, they yield enjoyment, they nourish growth; but let them once be removed from their natural employment and they turn and feed upon themselves, they seek the stimulation of luxury, they wallow in their own corruption, and ﬁnally, worn out, perish from off the earth which they have not appreciated. Vice is ever the senses gone astray. —So I dug. There is something ﬁne in hard physical labour, straight ahead: no brain used, just muscles.
Adventures in Contentment by Ray Stannard Baker