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PAGE FOUR :,, , , THE CATALINA ISLANI It 7,',i ,. By Ernest Windle (Sunshine Psychology Service) FAILURE. SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS FAILURF What is Failure ? Anything abandoned which is not a Success. More metaphysics? Briefly, then, when we have quit trying! Oftentimes our failures in achievement are caused by attempting, with our hands, to analyse metaphysical problems. We try to reduce "things" (thoughts) from the abstract world and MAKE them function on the physical plane. The two planes are as different as night and day, water and land. No intelligent person tries to measure the voltage of electricity with a carpenter's three-foot rule The rules for Failure would fill a library. Why burden the Memory with them? Here are a couple of the best: Whenever you commence an action, start without any Motive, without organization, without any thought for results; without con- sideration for others; without thought as to cost in energy, money and time; without realizing that there are others who could pull the load, and without any definite goal for the finish. Another "rule" is, to make a fool of yourself, so that everybody in the comr.~unity in which you llve will immediately recognize that you are no*. responsible; that you are irrepressible, but unreliable; untruthful; revengeful; and that your opinions, as expressed by the mouth, are not worth the physical effort that you use to operate your jaws and ":asking machinery." The man who is a Failure usually becomes insolent, critical, preju- diced, and narrow-minded toward all who do not contribute to his personal advancement. He imagines himself to he THE BIG "1 AM!" ---when he has a few dollars in his pocket! Who wants to be a Failure? Have a supply of good Motives--and then be successful and happy! SUCCESS What is Success? "A prosperous termination of any undertaking" is the dictionary definition of the word. Applied in an abstract (metaphysical) mean- ing, the word indicates the highest point of MOTIVE to be attained. it is the top rung of the imaginary ladder. There are so many "Rules for Success" that, to study them all, would leave man but a few short years in which to experiment with theories. There would be no time for physical work, and the body would begin its physical decline before the mentality had reached a correct understanding. The fewer rules with which to burden a man's memory, the greater is the opportunity for successful freedom of action. There is no "top rung" on the ladder of Imagination when a man is without a MOTIVE. (Motive is the intent with which a thing is done.) Here is Emile Coue's formula for his success as a teacher of the principle of auto-suggestion. He says: "With my theory 1 place will power second to imagination. To exercise the will means to increase the excitability, and that is not good. The sub-consclous is not a thing that can be prodded or forced. One must speak gently to it." It would seem, then, that "Fear," and lack of "Self-confidence," are the products of an uncontrolled Imagination. The "intent" to Imagine came before the Imagination itself. Hence, MOTIVE should take the predominating position in all human action. We think there is but one rule for Success. Find a proper MO- TIVE. In what line do we wish Success? Work? Pleasure? Sport? Money-maklng ? Education ? The accumulation of friends ? Etc- HAPPINESS should be the ultimate goal of SUCCESS! A man earning five dollars a day may be just as happy as another man earning five dollars a minute. The height we make our la~lder, in Imagination, is the MOTIVE for increasing the rungs and the atand- ard of idealism. The man or woman who has achieved real Success is so bumble with it all that its very presence stimulates a desire for nobler and greater possibilities. The "sky's the limit!" COPY RI ~rr~O BY HAPPINESS Can a man with one MOTIVE be happy, you ask? Some artists play very melodious music on one string. Three or four strings, touched by an expert, produce more variety and melody, and the sum total is harmony. Not one man in a thousand is interested in the philosophy of Hap- piness. "Why worry about understanding the next world, when we don't understand this?" was a question put to us the other day---and the man smiled cynically and happily because he could think of such an intelligent remark! Out of a manhole on Crescent avenue there popped a head. The face was covered with mud, and the mussed up hair was wet with perspiration. From the man's lips came a whistling sound. He seemed Happy. What is Happiness? To those who have not been up in a balloon or an airplane we cannot write words which will intelligently explain the sensations of flying. Many times we have tried to sense the exact moment when we left the water and "embarked on the air" in a flying boat. So it is with defining Happiness. Why do we say "on the a~r?" That is a term we have acquired from the radio fans. No more do we say, "Birds are in the air." Air is also in the bird! We do not see air, and we do not see Happiness. We observe the result of Happiness--a man whistling as he steps out of a sewer. There is something back of Happiness; something that makes one feel contented, vital, and full of sunshine and energy. We never saw a happy man or a happy woman who did not have some good MOTIVE. "Keep him busy, and he'll have no timel to grumble," a doctor once said. Yes, there is the secret--MOTIVE~-if it is a good motive! Our laborer friend, coming out of the manhole, had a MOTIV.E. He was homeward bound. He had finished his daily task; he was ready for home. It was quitting time. (Editor's Note.--These expressions of thought are submitted to the readers of The Catalina Islander for what they may be worth to them as thinkers, analysts, and serious investigators into the MOTIVES of Life. We use the word MOTIVE as a noun, in a metaphysical sense, meaning the INTENT with which a thing is done. Remember, no two human eyes see physical objects alike. How much more, then, is it possible to confuse mental pictures of the metaphysical world. Mind "talks" to mind with its own signals. A signal may contain a whole paragraph of words. By the flash of an eye the MOTIVE may be recognized as plainly as we recognize a passing friend on the street. Concrete things we pull apart with our hands. "Thoughts are things," but human hands are of little use to investigators in the metaphysical world.) By Ernest Windle H Thoughts on psychology, similar to those that we have recently published in The Catalina Islander are now appearing in the current magazines. Here is another little problem. It is "deep stuff," or "high stuff," whichever way the reader wants to put it. We are not delving into the sub-conscious; we are attempting to get out of the sub-con- scious. Settle down comfortably and try the experiment. Imagine yourself (not your body--mentally, of course), in a world that is eyeless, and where your mental force is not "current," gaseous, fluid or solid; where the stars have no brilliance; and where the sun has no light, heat or power. You are out in SPACE! YOU are NOTHING! Mental forces, as far as we know, do not attract physical bodies. The electron does occupy space. On our physical plane WE are all--"[ AM." Does the "I AM" force come only when the MOTIVE force enters the brain and operates through the processes of IMAGINATION? If there was "1 AM" in the mental world, would there be length, breadth and thickness of something? That "something" would proba- bly occupy a position. Then the "1 AM"s would start friction! "Mind 'talks' to mind with its own signals." Use the mind in this experiment--not words. The value of words changes with every generation. THE CATALINA ISkANOI[R 1924 By MOTIVES MAKE FOR FAME AND HISTORY Premier Poincare of France issued a statement on the death of Ex-Pres- ident Wilson. In the statement were the following words : "The French peo- ple will know what high and generous MOTIVES inspired this man, so pas- sionately idealistic, and with what no- table language he always spoke of their country (France), before stricken down with his fatal illness." There .it is--"MOTIVES!" Already many of Mr. Wilson's acts have been forgotten, but the MOTIVES will live in HISTORY ! 'Boy! Page the Missus Simple--They have machines now that can tell when a man is lying. Ever seen one? Simpler--Seen one ? By gosh, I mar- ried one !--Merle Holmes. ---In Science and Invention. Numerals and Imagination Arthur Brisbane told a very good psychological story the other day: "The cold-blooded school inspector, on his tour of inspection among the local schools, came before a class of girls. He wrote upon the blackboard: "'LXXX.' "He then turned to a good-looking girl in the first row and, peering at her over the rim of his spectacles, asked : "'Young lady, I'd like to have you tell me what that means.' "'Love and kisses,' the girl promptly replied." Household Hints Wife (from bed)--What are you do- ing with my false teeth ? He (at washstand)--Only cutting off the end of my cigar, dear.--Coronado Strand. A VERY MORAL SONG All Serene ~ l The kettle purrs upon the stove; The Florida beach and blue s The cat purrs on the chair, looked inviting to the tourist from tli~ It surely is a pleasant thing north, but before venturing out tO~ To see and hear them there! swim he thought to make sure. "You're certain there are no allig~,'~ I lay the kettle on the chair, tots here?" he inquired of the" guide,~ The cat upon the stove. "Nossuh," replied that functionarY, f 'Tis strange, no more their voices rise grinningbroadly. "Ain' no 'gatot'S~ In amity and love! hyah." " Reassured the tourist started ota'~ At once all sweet accord is fled. As the water lapped about his cheSl~ The kitty spits and swears! he, called back: i ' The kettle, dumb with horror, sits What makes you so sure there are~! And wispers kettle prayers! no alligators," :~ ' ' " W" Deys got too much sense, bello "There is a place for everything," ed the .guide. "De sharks donekee~ Dear grandma used to say. ed dem all away.--American l~egto,[.~ I rather think I've proven here W;~I~ ~! It's just the same today! "" n Branch of the Los An eleSll g . _.__._.__~Anicee Terhune.County Public Library, 201 Metropol~.~ Nobody 'Ohm q We??_ an e 5 ; alsO~t~| Prof.--I wonder why there is so"~,,,-.~.,,,t ,.,,u.~.rv,,,~.~uday much electricity in my hair ? Wednesday and Saturday evening$1t Smart Senior--Because it is attached, from 7 to 9 o clock. Visitors are a'~i~ to a dry cell.--Fred L. Leonard. ' " 1 ~: ---In Science and Invention. ways welcome. ~'| 1