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Enjoy the future

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell


It is that time of year. Here where I live we have been hit with arctic blasts that remind us to bundle up and find warmth wherever we can. We are also rapidly approaching the Christmas holidays and the beginning of a new year.

The best part of our holidays is that for most will be filled with fellowship and good cheer. What we experience does not have to end as the new year begins, rather they can be the platform on which we build a happy future. I believe that all we have to do is sustain a positive outlook on what lies ahead and appreciate what we have.

Here are some tips that can help us enjoy the days ahead.

The Optimists Creed

The Optimists Creed was authored by C.D. Larson in 1912. He was an early advocate of positive thought. Use the optimists creed below as a part of your daily practice to keep your mindset focused on the positive. Give it a try for 30 days and watch how much your life will improve.

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 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 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 expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
  • To give so much time to improving 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 in 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.


My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Jack Layton


There is a gentlemen’s club where the man at reception who cloaks the member’s hats, coats, umbrellas, gloves has a reputation for an infallible memory. In thirty years, he is reputed never to have given the wrong coat, hat, gloves or umbrella to any member when they leave the club.

One day, a member decided to test it out. As he left the club and was handed his coat, he asked the concierge, “How do know this is my coat?”

“I don’t, sir,” came the reply

“Well, why did you give it to me?”

“Because, sir, you gave it to me.”


Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Marie Curie


The following are reported to be taken from actual insurance claims:

The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out the way when I struck the front end.

The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.

Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.

My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.

A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

Oscar Wilde


Breakfast is a lovely meal,

Which for me has great appeal.

I like the smell of coffee most,

But, oh… the sight of golden toast,

With two fresh eggs superbly fried,

And crispy beef fried at their side.

And fruit according to the season.


Breakfast, breakfast, you can’t beat it,

Someday, I hope I’ll have the time to eat it.


If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.

Arab Proverb


She said: My husband and I both work, so our family eats out a lot. Recently, when we were having a rare home-cooked meal, I handed a glass to my three year old and asked her to please drink her milk. She looked at me bewildered, “But I didn’t order milk.”


“I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.”

Woody Allen


Jill, who was fed up with her husband’s inability to do even the simplest domestic chore, said, “Mary taught her husband Bob to cook, clean and do laundry. If anything happens to her, he will be fine. What will you do without me?

“I will move in with Bob,” he replied.


The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


As the plane was flying low over some hills near Athens, a lady asked the stewardess: “What’s that stuff on those hills?”

“Just snow,” replied the stewardess.

“That’s what I thought,” said the lady, “but this fellow in front of me said it was Greece.”


School days can be the happiest days of your life–if your kids are old enough to attend.


Jill’s finances had been under a strain of late and so she went to a bank and got a loan. She had never borrowed money before and was quite surprised to receive a notice demanding payment on her loan. She called the loan officer & said, “I can’t return your money. I’m not finished with it yet.”



“What day is it?”

It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

               A.A. Milne


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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