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Enriquezca Su Vida
(Enriching Your Life)

A self-published book by Judge Lawrence Huerta
©1968.

translation by Anthony Nuño, 1999.

CHAPTER VI:
"SEVEN BENEFICENT ANGELS"

"Thoughts induce purpose; purpose produces actions, actions form habits,
habits create character and character determines our destiny.
"

-- TRYON EDWARDS

There are seven beneficent angels and seven evils of failure. The beneficent angels are: Faith, Enthusiasm, Courage, Optimism, Loyalty, Ambition and Concentration. The seven evils of failure are: Doubt, Idleness, Fear, Worry, Jealousy, Procrastination and Indifference.

If we conquer the first one, automatically we have conquered the other ones. Let's do a detailed analysis of these blessed angels.

What is Faith?" is that substance found in the things that we long for or expect, the evidence of things we can not see"--(Bible, Hebrews XI,I.)With sufficient faith all things are possible. He who has faith and believes that he can accomplish something, most certainly will. Only each person can give themselves this feeling of self-confidence, faith can only be obtained by oneself and nobody else--even when there are those who think they can buy it in a bottle. In one of my favorite poems by Edward Arlington Robinson, the American poet makes an interesting point. The name of the poem is "Miniver Cheevy," in this poem, the character turns to the bottle because of his lack of faith in himself, and only in this way he could invent some faith created through alcoholic hallucinations which transported him to magnificent events in the past:it goes this way:

Miniver Cheevy, born too late,
Scratched his head and kept on thinking;
Miniver coughed, and called it fate,
And kept on drinking Stanza 8

When someone does not depend on a pair of crutches to walk, he finds that the necessary and productive thing here and now is FAITH, faith in oneself. Andre Gide, a contemporary French writer and whose works mainly addressed issues of freedom and personal responsibility wrote: "what another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you do not say it; written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself--thus, make yourself indispensable."

This propensity in one's individual faith, either in oneself or in others seems to be the tradition which created our democratic American society. An astute observation regarding this was made around 1850 by Alexis de Tocqueville, he was a Frenchman who was commissioned to study the prison systems in our country. During his stay in the United States he made several extensive observations about all aspects of American life. As a result of these observations, he wrote the book titled:" Democracy in America": "they, the Americans all have a lively faith in the perfection of man, they judge that the diffusion of knowledge must necessarily be advantageous, and the consequences of ignorance fatal; they all consider society as an entity of the state of progress, humanity as changing scene, in which nothing is, or should be permanent. They admit that what today appears to be good, tomorrow could be replaced for something better." Let's not allow the disappearance of this vital essence of our American heritage.

It is possible that we harbor fear, but then as long as it lasts, after that let's adhere with great tenacity to this feeling of profound faith. Just like Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom emerged from her father's eyebrow, the Great Zeus, this way enthusiasm will emerge from that faith.

Emerson, the beloved American philosopher wrote in one of his very well known works: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Enthusiasm is the gift which makes the pursuit and accomplishment of our objectives and goals. We must acquire this gift, live with it and make it part of our life. The evil of procrastination persuades us to leave for tomorrow what can be done today. We always find a reasonable excuse so we do not have to act immediately: the fear, not to be right, or maybe the fear to be target of jokes, but remember, it is better to have played and had lost, than not have played at all. Never allow the flame of enthusiasm to extinguish.

Courage, of course, is a natural consequence of enthusiasm. Courage IS simply the weapon to be used on the prevention of the old evil: Fear. Courage is the capacity to allow your faith and enthusiasm to act in your benefit. Be yourself!, Plan your goals!, Accomplish them! The ingenious character Pudd'nhead Wilson, created by Mark Twain, said: "Courage is the resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear."

You can be sure, fear will always try to keep you in the shadows, but be careful, do not allow it to suffocate you.

One of the most accurate descriptions that I have found regarding Courage, was the one given by American immigrant Louis Adams: "There is a certain mixture of courage, integrity, character and principles, this does not have a satisfactory name in the dictionary, instead, it has been called by different names in different countries at various times. We Americans call it "guts."

Courage elevates optimism which is one of the main requirements for success. Optimism means to always think and act positively. Never allow yourself to succumb to suffering and torment. Just a little worry can multiply into millions of larvae that corrodes the foundation of progress. Whenever I think about optimism I always remember a small poem written by McLandburgh Wilson, and I, without realizing it, I have memorized it for several years:

Between the optimist and the pessimist
the difference is droll.
The optimist sees the doughnut
the pessimist the hole!

Loyalty is absolutely necessary for your cause. You must always remain loyal to your ideals and capabilities which must serve in the fulfillment of your ideals just as the existing ingenuity that lies in the hidden corners of your soul.

If you waste your precious energy by envying the qualities you see in others, you are cheating your own possibilities to develop your own qualities which are also good--and in many instances, even better. Never embrace the evil of jealousy. Always remain loyal to that which exists in your interior which is intrinsically good and that awaits for you to draw it out.

Historically the word ambition has implied something evil, I do not believe this; only when we wrongfully use it -- (and so many times, this has been the case) -- it is evil. However, guided through the right path, ambition is necessary and aids in the pursuit of success.

A young polish boy who immigrated to Marseilles where he joined the merchant marines. He pursued great ideals and with time he became a captain of a ship. His great ambition was to be a writer and after establishing himself in England, adopted the English name of Joseph Conrad, he fulfilled his aspiration when he became a successful writer of adventure novels. This ambitious person was the same who wrote the prologue for a "Personal Record": "All ambitions are legitimate, except those who crawl up through the miseries and credulities of mankind."

Procrastination is the counterpoint of ambition. Do not fall victim of it. Dr.Paul Parker wrote: "Millions of people throughout the world spend their lives as failures because they have fallen prey to procrastination, and decide to wait. They wait for the right time to start something they believe is worthy and should be carried out at once. Do not wait. Time will never be right. Right now is the only period of time when we should act. Start today, start off right there, where you are and work with the tools available to you.

Pursue your ambitions in an honest manner. Charles Dickens, the English novelist faced tremendous difficulties but he conquered the Angels of faith, and as a result, he became one of the foremost English novelists. He achieved this, in his own words: "Whatever I would have tried to do with my life, I have tried to do it right. I have committed myself with all my heart. While working towards small and large objectives, I always yearned for something." You also can reach your ideals but discipline yourself -- Do not be a victim of indifference. Concentrate!

Strive to acquire those Angels of faith. You will be blessed by each and everyone of them. You will fulfill your desires, you will conquer. Write an inventory of your conquests:

1. Have I maintained profound faith in my capabilities?

2. Have I been enthusiastic regarding my possibilities?

3. Have I shown courage in applying techniques to develop my ideas?

4. Have I made enthusiastic progress towards my deeds?

5. Am I loyal to my own abilities?

6. Have I forward sufficient ambitions to achieve my success?

7. Have I concentrated in THAT which is important and that I targeted and will carry out today?

DO YOU ASPIRE FOR A BETTER LIFE?

Do you intend to acquire the angels of faith? How deep is the faith you have in yourself?

DO YOU EXPECT TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY ACHIEVE SUCCESS?

Specifically and personally, what significance does triumph have for you?

HAVE YOU LEARNED TO CONCENTRATE APPROPRIATELY?

How much loyalty do you have for your inner-self? Can you honestly say that you have completely utilized all your faculties?

WHAT KIND OF THOUGHTS DO YOU CONCEIVE?

Are these healthy and positive? Are these thoughts about faith? Hope? Courage? and Prosperity?

CHAPTER VII