Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Optimist's Creed

What does a green house have to do with optimism? I think it's an optimistically green home and to boot, very attractive. I took this picture last week in El Hatillo, right outside of Caracas.

This creed was written by Christian D. Larson in 1912. I understand the Optimist's Club uses an adaptation for its organizational mission. It's still worth reading, almost 100 years later.

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.