Promise yourself and let your dreams take flight
Cleaning and clearing out last week meant finding stuff that had long been forgotten. Once such piece of ephemera was a tattered card that I used to carry around in my wallet. It's The Optimist Creed from the Optimist International Club and it goes like this:
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 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.
I was born an optimist. It's in my blood but I'm happy this little reminder found itself back into my hands and is now residing in my wallet where I can refer to it on those rare days where I feel like wearing a frown. :)