Have you ever stumbled across something that resonated so deeply you could have been its author? This happened to me recently when I came across Christian D. Larson’s “Creed for Optimists,” written in 1912. Here it is.
Promise yourself to:
Founder of the New Thought movement, Larson (1874–1954) is credited for being an American New Thought leader and teacher as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. Many of Larson’s books remain in print today, more than 100 years after they were first published, and his writings influenced notable New Thought authors and leaders. His Optimist Creed was adopted by Optimists International, better know as the Optimist Clubs.
- Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
- Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
- Make all your friends feel there is something special in them.
- Think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best.
- Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
- Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
- Give everyone a smile.
- Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.
- Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
- Think well of yourself and proclaim this fact to the world—not in loud words—but in great deeds.
- 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.
Makes me happy just to read the Creed. So what about living it?
It’s what I strive for every day. By mindfully following these tenets, I have seen benefits in my work environment, home environment and all personal relationships. Although the learning is continuous and I have a long way to go, I have become better at listening and have developed higher levels of understanding and compassion.
What would change if you were to incorporate the Creed into your everyday life? Give it a try. Let me know how it changes you—and how it changes those you interact with. Cheers!