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The Optimist Creed

Originally published by Christian D. Larson in 1912.

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
 
 
 

 

 

 

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As I’m sitting in my garden I’m inspired to write about realising how lucky I am.

Lucky that I live on this planet, where the universe has provided so many beautiful things…..

The sound of the birds in the trees, chirping at each other and the sky.
Seeing my cat rolling in the dust and chasing flies.
Feeling the sun on my skin, warming body & soul.
The gentle swaying of the trees, silently watching the world.
The bright colours and gentle shape of the flowers, content just to be.
Knowing that when the sun sets, I have a safe place to sleep, to call my home.
That I will eat well tonight and the next and the next.
The comfort that my universe will help me, if I will only ask.
That I have warmth in my heart, from my family and friends.
That I have the power to change my world and that of others’.

But the gift I most cherish as I sit here and write, is that I am learning to appreciate all the others.

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