Disquisition. Dec. 14,1916.
TAKING MY OWN IVIEDICINE.
I am led to make a sort of confession to myself.
It has been a misfortune of mine that all my life things have come
Those things that I have badly wanted --- those things which most
people badly want -- or think they want, I have been able to get at a
comparatively small expense of time and energy.
As a result of this, I have always had a tremendous surplus of time
and energy, which I could not use with profit gratifying any pressing
For I have slept more hours than men are usually able to sleep,
and killed more hours in drowsing and trying to sleep more, and 'after
I have taken the very little time that I required for eating, being
neither a gourmand nor a gourmet, and after I have done every day all the
little work that I had to do in order to provide fer the material wants
of myself and family, I have gad vast spaces of time and great quantities
of energJ on my hands to be disposed of.
I am no lover of tJ;1e:,sports~ ,. " ~ Hei therhave ,~ ~ny:,gift 'or iUG:±ina,...
tion for social interoourse, exoept in oase of the latter where some
business that I oonsider inportant to be transaoted.
I like hooks, especially those dealing with some of my fa~orite
soienoes. I can take much pleasure in medi tating and philosophizing.
I enjoy composition, and have been a voluminous c~r:r:espondent, a.nd for
many years a produoer of essays.
But still, I have had great surpluses of time anti·, energy.
bad of both~h m~re than I could make full use of.
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