01 Oct Try Love’s Way | Inspirational Podcasts About Love
Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you in part by Book of Zen, makers of inspirational fashion and gift ideas. Visit them online at BookofZen.com. Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1918.
If those of us who are living in conflicts of any kind would only try love’s way, even for a short time, we never could be induced to go back to the old way of living. We could never again be satisfied with the old scolding, jealous, anxious, faultfinding, slave-driving, worrying ways.
Why not try the experiment? You who have been tortured and torn to pieces for years with hot tempers, with worry, with fear, with hatred and ill will; you who have already wasted many years of your life, why not turn your back on all this and try love’s way?
You whose home life has been a bitter disappointment; you husbands and wives who have quarreled, who have never known what peace and comfort are, give love’s way a trial. It will not disappoint you. Love will smooth out all your wrinkles; it will put a new spirit into your home that was never there before; it will bring a new light into your eyes, new hope and new joy into your heart.
You whose lives have been lonely and barren, who, perhaps, have soured on life; you doubters, you skeptics, you pessimists, you who have tried the selfish way, the greedy way, who have sought only your own happiness; you who have tried the fretting way, the worrying way; you whose lives are filled with fear and jealousy and all sorts of discords, why not try love’s way?
All other ways than love’s have failed to bring happiness. The selfish way always will fail, because it is not in harmony with the eternal principle of life. Love’s way is. It harmonizes with all that is real, all that is true and beautiful, and it always works. It will unravel all your snarls and solve all your problems.
There is a better way for all you, who, so far, have found life a bitter disappointment. There is a better way for all who bear the scars and stains of strife, who have been battered and blighted by the old way, in which there has been no rest, no harmony, no sweetness. It is love’s way.
Try it for every trouble, for every hurt and sorrow, for every difficult problem that confronts you. You parents who have worn yourselves to a frazzle and prematurely aged yourselves in trying to bring up your children by scolding, nagging, punishing, driving, why not try love’s way instead?
You can love your boys and girls into obedience and respect much more quickly and with far better results to them and to yourself than by driving them. Appeal to their best and noblest instincts instead of their worst, and you will be surprised to see how quickly and readily they will respond to your appeal.
There is something in human nature which protests against being driven or forced. If you have been trying to force your boys and girls in the past, give it up and try the new way, love’s way. See if it does not work wonders in your home. See if it will not make your domestic machinery run much more smoothly. See if it will not wonderfully relieve the strain upon yourself.
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