The story that Napoleon Hill tells of Wallis Simpson and King Edward is a long one, exemplifying the best of following your heart’s desire and living a life of determination and persistence. We’ll pick up today where we left of last time.
His Greatest Desire
His greatest desire was for love. Long before he met Wallis Simpson, he doubtless felt this great universal emotion tugging at his heart strings, beating on the door of his soul, and crying out for expression.
And when he met a kindred spirit, crying out for this same Holy privilege of expression, he recognized it, and without fear or apology, opened his heart and invited it on. All the scandal-seekers in the world could not destroy the beauty of this international drama, through which two people found love, and had the courage to face open criticism, renounce all else to give it expression.
A Definite Decision
King Edward’s decision to give up the crown of the world’s most powerful empire, for the privilege of going the remainder of the way through life with the woman of his choice, was a decision that required courage. The decision also had a price, but who has the right to say the price was too great? Surely not He who said, “He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”
As a suggestion to any cynic who chooses to find fault with the Duke of Windsor, because his desire was for love, and for openly declaring his love for Wallis Simpson, and giving up his throne for her, remember that the open declaration was not essential. He could have followed the custom of clandestine liaison which has prevailed in Europe for centuries, without giving up either his throne, or the woman of his choice, and there would have been no complaint from either church or laymen. But this unusual man was built of sterner stuff. His love was clean. It was deep and sincere. It represented the one thing which, above all else he truly desired, therefore, he took what he wanted, and paid the price demanded.
Traits Of Honesty
If Europe had been blessed with more rulers with the human heart and the traits of honesty of ex-king Edward, that part of the world might have a different and a better story to tell. A story in which Love and not Hate would rule.
In the words of Stuart Austin Wier this toast is offered to the late ex-king Edward and Wallis Simpson:
“Blessed is the man who has come to know that our muted
thoughts are our sweetest thoughts.
“Blessed is the man who, from the blackest depths, can see
the luminous figure of love, and seeing, sing; and singing, say:
‘Sweeter far than uttered lays are the thoughts I have of you.’”
These words pay tribute to the two people who, more than all others of recent history, have been the victims of criticism and the recipients of abuse, because they found Life’s greatest treasure, and claimed it. *Mrs. Simpson read and approved this account.
Getting What You Want Out Of Life
Life is full of possibilities, and everyone chooses to use it in different ways. Sadly, though, too many of us do not take life up on what it has to offer. The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson did. Let them, and the lesson that Napoleon Hill offers us here, be an example to us, if not of love, then of reaping your just rewards from life for whatever it is that will make your life content and worth living.
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