To GIRL GUIDES:
My Dear Guides,
This is just a farewell note to you -- the last you will hear from me. It is just to remind you, when I have passed on, that your business in life is to be happy and to make others happy. That sounds comfortable and easy doesn't it? You begin making other people happy by doing good turns to them. You need not worry about making yourselves happy, as you will very soon find that comes by itself. When you make other people happy, it makes you happy too. Later on, when you have a home of your own, by making it a bright and cheery one you will make your husband a happy man. If all homes were bright and cheery there would be fewer public houses, and the men would not want to go out to them but would stay at home.
It may mean hard work for you but will bring its own reward. Then if you keep your children health and clean and busy they will be happy. Happy children love their parents. And there is nothing can you greater joy than a loving child. I am sure God means us to be happy in this life.
He has given us a world to live in that is full of beauties and wonders, and He has given us not only eyes to see them but minds to understand them -- if only we have the sense to look at them in that light. We can enjoy bright sunshine and glorious views. We can see beauty in the trees and flowers. We can watch with wonder how the seed produces the young plant which grows to a flower which in its turn, will replace other flowers as they die off. For, though plants, like people, die, their race will replace other flowers as they die off. For, those plants, like people, die, their race does not die away, but new ones are born and grow up to carry on the Creator's plan.
So, do you see, you women are the chosen servants of God in two ways: first to carry on the race, to bring children into the world to replace the men and women who pass away: secondly, to bring happiness into the world by making happy homes and by being yourselves good cheery comrades for your husbands and children.
And that is where you, as Guides, especially come in. By being a 'comrade' -- that is, by taking an interest in your husband's work and aspirations -- you can help him with your sympathy and suggestions and so be a guide to him. Also, in bringing up your children by strengthening and training their minds and characters , as well as their bodies and health, you will be giving them to the better use and enjoyment of life.
By giving out love and happiness in this way you will gain for yourselves the return love of your husband and children -- and there is nothing better in this world. You will find that Heaven is not a kind of happiness somewhere up in the skies after you are dead, but right here and now, in this world, in your own home. So -- guide others to happiness, and you will bring happiness to yourselves; and by doing this you will be doing what God wants of you. God be with you,