Back-To-School Optimism

Keep Optimism In Your Toolbox

While I was working at a college in the Midwest, a colleague noted that on the first day of each semester, every student is an “A”  student. For those who are regular readers, you may recall that back in January, I wrote about January being my favorite month. Well, we are embarking on another of my favorite times of year: “Back-To-School”. At this time of year, I am strong ,I feel invincible, and I’m hopeful.

The reason I call attention to and celebrate my favorite times of year is that like everyone else, the hiccups and challenges that life presents can cause me to feel defeated. It’s tempting to focus on defeat and negativity, but I have learned to maintain an optimistic attitude. Some think I’m an optimist by nature. While optimism may be in my nature,  I’ve enhanced that natural set-point of  optimism through effort and practice. That practice is what has led me to create vision board workshops that focus on possibility.

I have determined that optimism is an art and a science. In addition, optimism affects us chemically and it’s a muscle that requires a constant workout. This week I offer you The Optimist Creed. It was authored in 1912 by Christian D. Larson. It was adopted
as Optimist International’s creed in 1922. (I worked with a gentleman who has been a member of the Optimists for many may years – he is generally happy and yes optimistic). Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed.

The Optimist Creed:

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.

Keep this creed and the practice in your toolbox, so that you can maintain optimism all year long.

As always, I welcome your comments.

~ Tess

Copyright 2011

Destiny Rising, LLC

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