Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time For Reflection...

Duncan St, West End, January 2011

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.

The Optimist Creed - Christian Larson, 1912



  1. Thank you! This was exactly what I needed after getting crabby at my kids that they had half a day today. Not the kids fault just trying to get things done and should realize its ok not to get it all done.

    I'm going to print this off and refer back to it, great things to live by!


  2. Hey am, I was only thinking about that creed the other day and I couldn't remember the name of the author etc and meant to google what I could remember and then here it is on your post today...funny how that happens. It is excellent isn't it. Thanks for your comments. The bracelet etc are still available, if you would like more details or info please email and I can send more pics etc. Hope you have a peaceful and happy day at the beach, cheers Katherine

  3. I thought of you when I read a post by Felicity at Serendipity this morning. Have a look because it is right up your alley...

  4. beautiful..and something to truly strive towards, I'm going to share this with my family. Hugs, kisses, love and prayers to yours :0)

  5. This are words to live by..xx

  6. Kind of like "The Secret" circa 1912..I love those words and we should all try to live by them. Mel xx

  7. Great words that we should all try to live by

  8. Words everyone should live by! I'll keep them in mind

  9. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I am going to type it up and post it on my refrigerator, my bathroom mirror, and the dashboard of my car. Thank you, A-M, for one of the best pieces of writing about positivity that I have ever read!

  10. Great words I must print of puts everything into perspective hey! I am so glad you got to go to the beach with your boys my heart is thinking about you all Keep that spirit strong & lifted xxx

  11. Thankyou A-M, that was beautiful, I've never read that before.


  12. Lovely :) and love the photo :)

  13. Many thanks A-M. I've printed and put up in our toilet!!!!! Also, seeing the photo below of your son reminded me of "If" by Rudyard Kipling. Thanks again

  14. Oh yes, IF! Such a comfort in times of pain:

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:.
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breathe a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

    Rudyard Kipling

  15. Brilliant, A-M. Even if we only *tried* to follow it all, the world would be a much brighter place! J x

  16. I am going to TRY to live by these words.
    THankyou A-M for the inspiration !
    Karyn x

  17. Well, that just about sums it up! I strive to live by those every day and it does make for a pretty serene existence. And as far as I'm concerned, what other choice do we have if we want to have a good life? Rachaelxx

  18. oh I do love that, I must save that to a word doc to read over again and again... ta

  19. IF The only poem I ever learnt from beginning to end because my poor, poor children listened to it at least once a week! The amazing thing is I think most of it stuck!
    The garages look vastly cleaner! xo

  20. Oh boy, this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. Alisonxx
    ps. LOVE that photo from yesterday's post. It says so much. Precious.

  21. How I will spend the rest of my week. Thank you A-M!

  22. A-M, this was one of the most beautiful and encouraging words I have read lately. Thanks for sharing them with us!
    Can I borrow them into my blog?

  23. Thank you I needed that this week the weather and work conditions have been pretty wild. Hope you are finding peace at the beach with your boys.

  24. beautiful. inpsiring. just what i needed. thank you.


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx