17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, August 20, 1912: Oh I don’t know as it is worth the while to write anything about what I did today. It wasn’t very much anyway.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sounds like Grandma had a boring (but maybe somewhat frustrating) day. Did Grandma think positive thoughts on such days?
Here’s some a gem that I found in a hundred-year-old magazine:
They Can Who Think They Can
Learn to look at the bright side, the good things in life. Do not let the shadow of discouragement and despondency fall on your path. Never doubt for a moment that everything is not for the best in the end. If you believe firmly in yourself you will be given the strength to do some day what may now seem to be impossible.
Don’t get frightened and give up in despair if you do not arrive as soon as you would like. All conquerors of the best kind are slow, but to him who works faithfully and in the right spirit will be given the reward in good time.
Hold up your head and look the world in the face. Hold your ground and march bravely forward over all obstacles and the world will make way for you.
National Food Magazine (June, 1912)