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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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he was so totally unprepared for it, was inflicting misery upon him that one
human being has no right to inflict upon another; he has no right to advise a
friend to do an indefinite "something," unless he knows what will help or
cure him; he has no right to verbally notice his condition, and particularly
when he meets him doing his duty in active business life.

People should "think before they speak," that if their friends or
acquaintances are ill, for that very reason they are generally discouraged
enough, and need all the gladsome aid and comfort those about them can
possibly give; and it is their simple duty to give it.

Said a mother to me once, when urging me to call upon her invalid
daughter, "And when you come, do not tell her she looks badly; tell her she
looks better, and you hope soon to see her well. Every one who comes in
exclaims about her terrible aspect, and it drives me almost distracted to note
its ill effect on her."

"Why, how can people be so heedless?" cried I. "Do they not know that
even truth is not to be spoken at all times? When I come I'll give her joy,
you may be sure;" and I did, though my heart ached the while, for I feared,
all too truly, her days on earth were numbered; but I had my reward in her
changed, happy countenance and the gratitude of her sorrowing mother.

Therefore, if you are not the enviable possessor of one of those "merry
hearts that doeth good like a medicine," both to yourself and to those with
whom you come in contact, at least avoid wounding these by dwelling upon
their infirmities. Even should you see your friends in the last stages of a
long illness; though their cheeks are terrifying in their hollowness, and their
eyes resemble dark caverns with faint lights at the far ends, and all their
other features prove them soon to be embraced by the king of terrors, not
only in sweet mercy's name do not speak of it, but, unless compelled to do
so, except by your softened tones, make no sign that you notice it;
remember you can not smooth their way to the tomb by descanting upon
their poor emaciated bodies, and there is just a chance that they may
recollect you a trifle more kindly when they have cast them off, like
worn-out garments, if you now talk on pleasanter themes--themes with

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