Do all things without murmurings and disputing.—Philippians 2:14.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.—Proverbs 25:28.
Behold., the paths of life are ours,—we see
Our blest inheritance where’er we tread,
Sorrow and danger our security,
And disappointment lifting up our head.
Anna L. Waring.
One valuable way of practicing self-control is in checking grumbling, and an unnecessary display of vexation at petty inconveniences. A workman has fulfilled his task imperfectly, some order is wrongly executed, some one keeps you waiting unreasonably; people are careless or forgetful, or do what they have in hand badly. Try not to be disturbed; be just, and show the persons to blame where they are wrong, even (if it be needful) make them do the thing over again properly; but refrain from diffuse or vehement expressions of displeasure. A naturally quick, impetuous person will find that to cultivate a calm external habit is a great help towards gaining the inward even spirit he needs.
H.L. Sidney Lear.
A repining life is a lingering death.