Thoughts, Wisdom, Knowledge

The Optimist’s 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.

-Christian D. Larson-

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Love, Gratitude, Happiness

A Friend Indeed

A friend is someone you can count on to always be there. Someone to trust who will understand and care. Someone who lifts up your spirits when you’re feeling low and offers advice when you don’t know which way to go. A helper, a listener, trustworthy and true.

THANK YOU, MY FRIEND THERE’S NO ONE LIKE YOU.

-Unknown-

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Grow, Grow, Grow, Thoughts, Wisdom, Knowledge

The Station: Robert Hasting

“THE STATION” by Robert Hasting.

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the window we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, or city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. Banks will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering – waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

“When we reach the station, that will be it!”, we cry. “When I’m 18.” “When I buy a new SL Mercedes-Benz!” “When I put the last kid through college.” “When I have paid off the mortgage!” “When I get a promotion.” “When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after!”

Sooner or later, we must realize there is not station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly out distances us.

“Relish in the moment” is a good motto especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.

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Wear Sunscreen: Baz Luhrmann

“EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN)” by BAZ LUHRMANN

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If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now….

  • Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.You’re not as fat as you imagine.
  • Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
  • The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
  • Do one thing everyday that scares you!
  • Sing.
  • Don’t be reckless with other people’s ♥’s , don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
  • Floss.
  • Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
  • Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how!
  • Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
  • Stretch.
  • Don’t feel guilty! If you don’t know what you want to do with your life.The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what theywanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
  • Get plenty of calcium.
  • Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
  • Maybe you’ll marry,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
  • Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
  • Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
  • Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
  • Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
  • Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
  • Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
  • Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.
  • Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
  • Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
  • Travel.
  • Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
  • Respect your elders.
  • Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
  • Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.
  • Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
  • But trust me on the sunscreen……..
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