We are all of us called upon to pass through trials and
disappointments. We all of us know the meanings of sorrow. We have all
us experience disappointments and regrets. We have seen those we deemed
friends constant and true, turn from us, and with mocking words on their
lips throw our friendship back in our faces. We have seen the sunlight
of prosperity dimmed by our misfortune. But we have also known joys, and
experienced pleasures. We know there are true heroism in this beautiful
world of ours. We know that, should the clouds overcast the sky to-day,
the sun will shine tomorrow.
“Man is born a hero; and it is only in darkness
of storms that heroism gains its greatest and its best developments, and
the storms bear it on rapidly to its formation.”
Do not let us despair, then; but let us cherish this
and with cheerful perseverance push on towards the goal of success. We
cannot hope to win any prize, no matter how small, without surmounting
obstacles and overcoming difficulties.
Dark hours must come to all; but they cannot always last.
The light will come again – the sun will shine through the clouds,
and joy will take the place of sadness if we only cherish hope –
if we do not give up in despair nor cease to struggle on.