I Promise Myself

I promise myselfThe Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club invited me to talk about my new book at their meeting this morning. At 6 a.m.

For an author, a new book is like a new grandchild: We love to talk about them, and grab every chance, even at 6 a.m.

I was surprised when I arrived at the restaurant to find the parking lot full of cars and the tables full of wide awake, cheerful, welcoming people.  The meeting started with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Nice. Afterward the whole group stood and recited the Optimist Creed. I was so impressed, I want to share that moment with everyone.

The Optimist’s Creed:

I Promise Myself…

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone 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 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 fact 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.

~ Christian D. Larson ~1912

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