As we begin the new year, let’s count our blessings and look ahead with enthusiasm and optimism. Nearly a century ago, in 1912, Christian Larson wrote The Optimist’s Creed, as an expression of his beliefs in a positive approach to living. He pledged himself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my 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 I am about my 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 I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I 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 myself and to proclaim this to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
Being human, we cannot always live this way, yet striving to do so will enhance our lives and the lives of those around us. Let’s go for it!
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