One golden day this Autumn was spent with a friend at his cottage by the side of a beautiful, inland lake. From where we sat on the porch of the cottage, the yellows, browns, and scarlets of the Fall foliage, and the green of the pines, were reflected in the quiet lake as in a giant mirror.
“I want to tell you my ideal for this cottage,” said my friend. “Here, over a period of years, I plan to gather the best things I find in life. On the walls, I shall hang the best pictures. On the mantel shall be the four or five best books - the books that have meant the most to me in my life. Then, too, I shall frame the few best poems - the ones that have most inspired me. Outside, I shall plant the best flowers, and I shall build birdhouses to attract the best birds. Beside the fire, where I may sit and dream, will be the best and most comfortable chairs I can find. Selecting the best things will be an adventure. It will take a long time. In the end I shall not have many things, just a few, but they will be the best life has to offer me.”
A quest for the best - what a hobby that is for a man to have! It is an ideal worth emulating!
by Wilferd Peterson: as published in “Sunshine: A Soulful Magazine” (November 1975), Volume 52, Number 11, page 22