Not only should one achieve self-reliance by giving expression to his own creative thought, but he should show self-reliance also in the apparently disheartening circumstances of his life. If you fall into one of the pits that the road of life frequently offers, do not lie despondently in its depths, do not moan, do not give up. Very often such a fall is only a test of your manhood, that you may see for yourself how much there is left in you after you have lost everything that is outside of yourself. Your fate is not made by others, your destiny is your own creation — yours only. Your fall is but a temporary setback, do not mistake it for a mortal wound. As long as you have thought in your mind, and feeling in your heart, and iron in your blood, you are not wounded, you are only being tried.
“Peace of Mind”