Monday, May 25, 2009

The Optimist's Creed

Last week I had a couple customers who, more or less, were critical of my work. In reality the issue was theirs...they obviously didn't read my website before they placed their orders and then got on my case because the product they got was not what they ordered. I was upset, but swallowed my pride and worked with each of them to resolve the issues and everything turned out okay.

But I'll tell you what...when this sort of issue arises I really just want to hang it up and go get a job outside the home...let someone else be in charge and take the heat for a change.

But I know it's doubtful that anything like that will happen so I sulk for a bit and find a loved one who is willing to listen and then I complain and carry on. Then after I'm done venting I pick myself off the ground, lick my wounds and move on.

So I got over it and have been my normal old self for a few days. Then this morning as I was cleaning out my computer files I stumbled upon this...a seemingly appropriate read for me since I had a tough few days last week...

"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, 1912

There's a good chance that you've read or heard that creed before since it was written so long ago, but it still has power today!

Okay...I'm on my way to get ready for a family picnic...but I'll have more soon!

Until then,

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