I’ve been thinking lately, that at every stage of life, we are challenged to consider our beliefs.
We bump up against a new challenge or struggle, and time and time again, are forced to decide WHO we want to be, and WHY.
This poem has been on the wall next to my desk since the year 2007.
That was at a bit of a low point in my life and I read it EVERY SINGLE DAY.
It calls to the best that is in me.
It reminds me of my ability to rise.
It strengthens me by helping me remember who I am born to be.
So today I want to share it with you.
I pray it will lift and inspire you the same way it has for me, for so many years.
I wish I could thank the gentleman who wrote it, but perhaps he will know my gratitude by the way I use his words to improve my life.
I Promise Myself
“To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person 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 the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others 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 countenance at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to the improvement of 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 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
What do you promise yourself?
It’s worth taking the time to consider, and choosing it on purpose.