Peace, the Possession of Adequate Resources
George H. Morrison
Talking with a young fellow some time ago, I was struck by a remark he made. It followed on a sermon which we both had listened to on the subject of interior peace. "It's not peace," he said, "we young fellows want. What we want is thrills." That was a very candid utterance, and one likes young fellows to be candid. It set me wondering whether inward peace was really so gray as it is sometimes painted. And just then in the book of an honored friend I lit on a sentence which arrested me. He said peace is the possession of adequate resources. That seemed to me a very fruitful thought with a strong appeal in it for vigorous minds, and it is well worth considering a little.
Think, for instance, how true that is of business. When long seasons of depression come, and when business is stagnant if not moribund, what is it that makes all the difference between intense anxiety and peace? It seems to me, who am not a business man but one who watches things with an observant eye, that it is just the possession of adequate resources. If there be little capital and almost no reserves, how terrible these dead times must be! I sometimes wonder how a business man can sleep not knowing if he can tide it over. But how different when these dead seasons come for any business that has great reserves and is strong in the possession of vast capital. Scanty capital means sleepless hours. Inadequate resources spell anxiety. What fears and miseries must haunt the breast when there is almost nothing to fall back upon! I venture to think that in the realm of business when times are bad and everything is stagnant, peace is the possession of adequate resources.
The same thing is true of higher spheres. Think, for example, of creative genius. Contrast the toiling literary hack1 with the man of genius like Sir Walter Scott.2 The one, very imperfectly endowed, is always in misery lest he be running dry. I have know ...
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