Treasure Island, was plagued all his life with poor , was plagued all his life with poor
poor health.  

He traveled widely trying to find a congenial climate where he could live and work.  

He gave a wonderful example of how a challenged person can use his gifts to bring
joy into the lives of others.  

His personal creed is full of wisdom and common sense.
Let me share
Stevenson's philosophy of life
Make up your mind to be happy and learn to look for pleasure in little things.

Do the best you can in your circumstances.  No one has everything and everyone has
something of sorrow intermingled with the joy of life.  The trick is to make the laughter outweigh
the tears.

Don't take yourself too seriously or thing that you should be spared the misfortunes that
befall others.

You cannot please everybody, so
don't let criticism worry you.

Don't let your neighbors set your standards.  
Be yourself.
Do the things you enjoy, but stay out of debt.

Don't borrow trouble.  Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.

Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities or grudges.
Avoid people who
make you unhappy

Develop new interests.  If you can't travel, read about new places.

Don't harbor useless regrets.  Don't spend your life brooding over sorrows and
mistakes, and don't be the one who never gets over things.

Do whatever you can for those less fortunate than you.

Keep busy at something, for a busy person never has time to be unhappy.
Robert Louis Stevenson
was born in Edinburgh's
New Town in 1850. He
died forty-four years later
on a small Samoan island
in the Pacific. During his
short life he travelled the
world, defied convention,
and made himself one of
the most famous writers of
the 19th century.
Benjamin Parsons,
has tended to hurts
and hearts in North
America's most
remote frontier
regions, including
the Pacific Northwest,
the Canadian Rockies
and Alaska.
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