Motive In Life

By Stephen F. Herben

What is your motive in life?
Every life finds its chief inspiration somewhere.
Perhaps it is to succeed?
But what do you mean by success?

Is it to gather together dollar after dollar;
To stand in a conspicuous place in the social circle;
To achieve some great result in invention,
In commercial life, in art, in letters, in politics, in the professions;
To indulge in the pleasure of the world life;
Or is it to so live, that by the unhindered utterance
Of the highest instincts and impulses of the heart,
You shall make some permanent contribution toward the uplifting of men?

The interpretation of life depends altogether upon the motive that inspires it.

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