Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Motto

Yesterday I posted a photo of two pages from Florence's journal.  The left page has a short motto pasted on the bottom:

Motto of H. J. Heinz
I work as though I would live forever
And live as though I would die tomorrow.

Interesting motto.  A quick google search on Henry J. Heinz makes for fascinating reading. Heinz was a self-made man, a true American who believed that hard work would lead to prosperity.  He started working at the age of 8, going door to door to sell vegetables from his mother's garden. From that little business grew the Heinz food processing company that we know today. 

Heinz was also a devout Christian. Understanding his work ethic and his religious viewpoint, his motto makes perfect sense.  Work hard every day, for it is your job to provide for yourself in the future (not the guy next door, not the government--but hey, that's a subject for another day).In addition, it's important to live each day knowing it could be your last. 

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."-- Matther 24:36

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