Judge Lawrence Huerta: Enriching Our Lives
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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 VII:
"THE REVITALIZATION OF LIFE"

"Nothing is a loss for the man who has decided to better himself; nothing is wasted for the one who is always preparing himself for his work and his life. This person always maintains his eyes, soul and heart open to nature, men, books and experiences. In addition, this person finds mentors everywhere who encourage his education, everything is supportive of his passion to better himself."

--H. MABIE

Here you have ten pieces of advice to achieve revitalization in your life:

First: Force yourself to encourage those people who come in contact with you. Go out of your way to help somebody and do not expect a reward because the service or favor will not be appreciated. George M. Adams wrote: "We should take advantage of each opportunity to encourage others. Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. These days are already dark. It is not necessary to promote melancholy by concentrating in the negative."

Second: For the love of heavens, smile! There should be an institution that teaches all those individuals who go around dripping pessimism how to smile. We all see these people all the time, let's cheer them up or avoid them. If one of those pessimists asks you: "Where are those opportunities?" Answer them, "Search for them and you will find them." Repeat to yourself as often as possible those beautiful lines from the well known song:

"What's the use of worrying,
It never was worthwhile.
So, pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And smile, smile, smile."

When a person gets angry, they use sixty four muscles compared to only thirteen when they smile. What's the point? Wasting all that energy getting angry? Smile and the world will smile with you, cry and you will cry alone.

Third: Be daring and different. Do things you never did before. The English writer, Thackeray made the following suggestion: "Let the man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb." Another well known Englishman who preceded Thackeray and who left his mark in history as coauthor of the precursor of the newspaper was Joseph Addison, and he made this comment: "Everything that is new and uncommon sparkles the pleasure of imagination, because it fills the soul with delightful surprise, it indulges curiosity and it creates a new idea about something not known before." Human nature functions in the same principle, when one attempts something new which was never tried before, this elevates the spirit by opening up a new world of original ideas.

In a speech delivered in 1899, the marvelous and exuberant Theodore Roosevelt gave us this advice: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

Fourth: Read a new book.

If you are one of those who has found the good fortune that can only be found in good books, I send you my congratulations; you have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Only books can open up the doors to wisdom and understanding, the essence of humanity. The great Scottish historian and essayist from the XIX century, Thomas Carlyle wrote these words in his book Sartor Resartus : "That here should be one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy." And to think that this tragedy happens everyday! These days books are available to all. Allow yourself to immerse in the book: "Las Botas Siete Leguas" and enjoy the wisdom you will find there.

Nevertheless, you must remember to carefully select your reading materials. Nobody should waste their precious time in miscellaneous books which offer nothing. When in fact, there are books with great content and wisdom. This is a famous and well known thought by Francis Bacon, it would be prudent to consider its content: "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." All individuals who have become great or famous have admitted their profound debt to books.We all know the stories about Lincoln and his books. Carlyle, whom I previously mentioned, described the immortality of books this way: "All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been, it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books." The beloved Franklin D. Roosevelt said the following around the years that hostility ruled the world, in these wartimes, when the explosive hardships of war triggered a wave of bookburnings: "Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men."

Name some great men, point out their talent and I will show you how many books assisted them in developing their genius and talents. As I said at the beginning, if you intend to develop your concealed talents, you must pass some tests. Once you rouse up your talents, you must nurture them with wisdom. Two things are indispensable for the nurturing of your wisdom: one is life experience and the other is knowledge gained by reading books.

Fifth: Don't dwell on your failures. With time you will find encouragement from them. Improve the place where you work and your home, or maybe all you need to do is to rearrange things. If you are able to do it, buy something new, flowers or a pretty picture, but it is necessary that you brighten up your life from time to time. It is good to treasure those things that have brought joy and happiness in your life. It is also good to brighten up your living environment in some small way. Remember you are living "now" and working towards a "future." Whatever lies ahead will be different and good. It must be good. It is pointless to dwell in the past and get lost in past memories. For that marvelous moment you enjoyed in the past, there are many more to come today and tomorrow.

Sixth: Clean up your desk or place of work. This means clean up your mind. It is surprising how fast one can become confused with so many unnecessary objects. Throw away everything useless and you will be ready for action. You can waste valuable time trying to dust and clean up old useless laws and precepts with no practical or real purpose.

Seventh: Study a professional person who has achieved success in business. No, it is not new advice, but certainly one easily forgotten. Search for the secrets of their success and how they achieved success. Talk to this person as often as possible and become familiar with the aspects of their personality. What are the peculiar combination of characteristics that brought them success? After you have carried out a careful study of this individual, you will know a bit more about your own weaknesses. But, always remember this person's attributes and characteristics are not some gift from God solely determined for this person. These characteristics are found within yourself waiting for you to bring them alive. Do it, you can and must do it in order to reach your own success.

Eighth: Discard worrying and mental anguish. Today is the morning that you were worried about yesterday, and after all, nothing has happened.

The past is dead, bury it. Two thousand years ago near a hill, this philosophy was given to a group of people: "Don't worry about tomorrow, it will worry about itself. Already, today, there are enough misfortunes." Many accepted and practiced this advice given by JESUS. The most one can expect to do today is to do our best. Try to do it and it should be sufficient.

Ninth: If you are going to be committed to someone do it to yourself. Probably just like the rest of all the people you constantly fail. Therefore, it may be necessary to self administer the antidote of self suggestion and often repeat to yourself how marvelous you are. Do not stop, do it: remember this, if you believe that you can't do it, it will not help you achieve the things that you can. A famous philosopher who proposed to prove self-confidence in man, built a cabin and retired near Walden pond. -- Henry David Thoreau believed that each person is capable of becoming whatever he/she desires. He wrote the following in his book Walden : "Public opinion is weak tyranny compared with our own private opinion ... whatever man thinks of himself is what really determines and indicates his destiny." To have faith in oneself is to have faith in God.

Tenth: Keep your hands on the wheel that controls your life. There will be too many who would like to guide and control your life but it does not matter how enthusiastic these people seem, since sooner or later this task will be left up to you. Be the conductor of your own life -- in other words, like Kipling said: "be your own master."

God gave you the gift of life. It would be cowardly if you would place your life's security and management in another person's hand. The road and the map lies within you. Keep your hand on the steering wheel and march forward. Emerson wisely expressed: "Man is like a current in which its strength lies hidden." Only and solely you can search and find your own strength.

WHAT KIND OF OPINION DO YOU HAVE OF YOURSELF?

Are you convinced that you possess the faculty to find your own inner strength? Are you willing to utilize it to live a better life or are you willing to waste it by yearning for a long ago past?

ARE YOU DARING AND A RISK TAKER?

Are you a creature of habit or, on the contrary, are you attracted by new things and the unknown? Do you try to associate with experienced and successful people in your field and along the line of your same objectives?

DO YOU CHALLENGE AND NURTURE YOUR MIND ON A DAILY BASIS?

Do you find satisfaction in reading? Are you intelligent in the selection of your books? Do you take special care of your thoughts and actions?

CHAPTER VIII