Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Optimist Creed

Lately I have been trying to be more flexible, have lower expectations, and generally enjoy life more. Far too often I stress out because I want everything to be just right. And, although I do not feel the end goal is bad, it certainly makes getting there more challenging. So I am learning to enjoy the process of getting there as much as I enjoy the end results overall.

With this in mind I thought I would share 'The Optimist Creed.' I found it in a little book my friend Melinda (who should be a blogger, but is too busy) gave me a few years back. It goes like this:

Commit 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 special 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 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.

Source: Optimist International

I have a long way to go with most of these, but the more I remind myself the better I get. One day at a time, right?

Scripture of the Day: Mosiah 3:3-4


  1. I like those points!

    I think I will have a closer look at my life against them!


  2. I LOVE that!! There were so many that I felt I needed to work on right now--at this very moment. I might have to copy them so I can remember them better.

    And I understand about wanting everything to be perfect and stressing out over it. That is one reason I wanted my blog title to be what it is--I needed help learning to find joy in the journey instead of just hurrying to the destination.

  3. Phew! That's a tall order. However, any amount of progress is a success! Thanks for your comment on my blog today--it made my day! BTW, I have named the villianous in MD2 after you, not because you are a villianous but b/c you were the first to suggest there might be a sequel for these characters. I hope you don't mind being named after the "bad girl". There aren't too many sympathetic new characters in this book.

  4. Heidi, i don't mind being named after a villianous character--sometimes us "good girls" like to be bad :-). I am so excited to see it come to print!


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