I don’t know about you, but I tend to find that more times than not, it is easier for my first reaction to a situation to default to the negative. I am not proud to admit that to you, but that simple fact is true. It’s just one of the thing on my personal list that I work very hard at overcoming.
So, I was doing a bit of research and came across this creed. It may be familiar to you, but I had not seen it in a very long time, or I just don’t remember seeing it at all. Can’t quite decide which of the two yet. However, wanted to share it with you as we approach our New Year.
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 in them;
… To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true;
… To think only 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 countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile;
… To give so much time to the improvement of 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 words, 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.
– Christian D. Larson “The Optimist Creed”
Here’s to a bit more positive outlook in 2009.