Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness & prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything & make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & 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 & press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times & give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be far too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
~ Christina D. Larson

I just found this little bit of wisdom stashed away in pictures of my family and my childhood and right behind it I found my birth announcement from the Gainesville Sun the day I was born. Both are from my mother. She is the woman who is especially good at helping me to feel loved and the woman who collects these kinds of things for me to help me through life. In fact, most of what I call my success has come from what my mother has given to me over the last twenty years: her thoughts, her encouragement, her lessons and her hopes for my life. This little saying of wisdom is something I have tried to live out for years. Coming across it, I think I know why. These are the kinds of things my mother teaches and lives out every day. I am now hanging up the saying on my wall, but what makes me so happy is that I don’t have to. What’s important is that it is already hung in my heart…right where my mother put it a long time ago.