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Learning from Chess: Develop the Habit of not Being Discouraged by Present Bad Appearances

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\”And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…\”

-Morrison Waite

Dear Reader,

Is today a low day?

Then, you are looking too low.

You are only looking at this moment.

But as with life, or chess, one move can change your life.


And then the game changes. In a much more important case, your life changes.

In chess, we know the king is the most important piece. So we have to keep him safe.


It\’s true for us, too! We need to keep our minds, \”safe.\”

Our minds are what allow us to feel. That means we watch every thought: Keep it positive. We don\’t want a weak king, and we don\’t want a weak mind either. So keep a strong defense with your positive thoughts and actions!


If you are feeling low today, know that a brighter day is but a moment away.

One thought can lighten your heart.

One effort to hep someone makes the sun shine in your heart.

One thing for which to be grateful makes your heart soar.

Dear Reader, keep the \”king of your life,\” your precious mind, safe.


Morrison Waite (November 29, 1816-March 23, 1888) was most often described by contemporaries as exceedingly friendly, “always cheerful,” “a good listener,” and one who had a remarkable facility for getting along with others. While Waite never became a significant intellectual force on the Supreme Court, his social and managerial skills, especially his good humor and sensitivity to others, helped him to maintain a remarkably harmonious and productive court.

Evidence of the court\’s productivity was the fact that it decided some 3,470 cases with opinions during Waite\’s tenure. While both the large number of cases decided and the variety of issues confronted reflected the lack of discretion the Court had at this time in hearing appeals from lower federal and state courts, it was testimony to Waite\’s ability to get his brethren to reach decisions and write their opinions expeditiously. It also reflected his own prodigious work habits, since about one-third of these opinions were drafted by Waite. (Source)

History of Chess: Chess has been with us for centuries, through countless cultures and historic moments. The exact origin of chess is a great mystery. There are few ancient texts referring to the very beginning of chess, and fewer chess pieces left as physical evidence of the game\’s early existence. But myths, theories and opinions abound! Most historians believe it started in India, Persia, or China. Though different from the chess we play today, the ancient game has striking similarities to the modern game. (Source)