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Promise Yourself

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
 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 countenance
 at all times
And 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 too large for worry,
Too noble for anger,
 too strong for fear
And too happy
to permit the presence of trouble.

... Christian D. Larson...
Optimist International
Optimist Creed

YOU are the most important
 person in your life!
Be good to yourself -
strive to be happy,
and, have a wonderful life!



Possibilities

Life's filled with possibilities
that challenge us each day
To take a chance, try something new
see things a different way

And its through these special moments
that we learn to change and grow
To explore the special gift
of who we are and what we know
For its not until we try
that we find out what we can do
So don't wait until Tomorrow
to discover something New

Author Unknown



May You Always
Feel Loved

May you find serenity and
 tranquility in a world
you may not always understand.
May the pain you have known
 and the conflict you have
experienced give you the strength
to walk through life facing each new
 situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those
 whose love and understanding
will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness
 in others to believe in a world
of peace.

May a kind word,
 a reassuring touch,
a warm smile be yours
 every day of your life,

And may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine
when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those
who know hate,
and let that love embrace you
as you go into the world.
May the teachings of those
you admire become part of you,
 so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives
you have touched
and who have touched yours
 are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less
than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter
that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned
 with material matters,
but instead place immeasurable value
on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day
to see beauty and love
in the world around you.
Realize that each person
 has limitless abilities,
but each of us
 is different in our own way.
What you may feel you lack
 in one regard may be more than
 compensated for in another.

What you feel you lack
 in the present may become
one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled
with promise and possibility.

Learn to view everything
as a worthwhile experience.
May you find enough inner strength to
determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent on
another's judgments
of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved



What Moms Learn

I gave you life,
but cannot live it for you.
I can give you directions,
but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom,
but I cannot account for it.
I can teach you right from wrong,
but I cannot decide for you.

I can offer you advice,
but I cannot accept it for you.
I can give you love,
but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share,
but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect,
but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends,
but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex,
but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you about drink,
but I can't say "no" for you.
I can warn you about drugs,
but I can't prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals,
but I can't achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness,
but I can't force you to be gracious.
I can pray for you,
but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can tell you how to live,
but I cannot give you eternal life

Author unknown

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Date Created:
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Updated:
June 25, 2008