The Optimist Creed

The Optimist Creed belongs to Optimist International.  I find it one of the most inspiring manifestos that I've read and thought I'd share it with you here.  I read it and meditate on it almost every morning.

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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 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 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.

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  1. I've found that reaching out to others, and realizing the impact that the smallest of our actions can have, has been the perfect antidote to fear. We're fearful when we feel powerless. And, no matter what circumstances there are, beyond our control, we are never powerless.

    Thank you for sharing this--I read it every morning as well. ;-)

    1. Good morning Bethany. I believe that it is in realizing our connectedness that we are able to fully overcome our fear. There is no other.

  2. Being optimistic is a choice but the alternative of a spiral of negative despair doesn't look too appealing.

  3. I need to keep this close and read it often to remind me of what's really important to keep in my life.

  4. This was inspiring! I had never read it before and it spoke volumes to me! I am trying to learn about mindfulness and trying to be more optimistic in general. Life is too short to be negative all the time!! :~}

  5. Bethany from "Oursocalledlife" brought me here through her other blogs. I'm going to go though and read several of your other posts.. I'm optimistic though pragmatic. Can that work together?