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“THE OPTIMIST’S CREED” Christian D. Larson

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

 


“Recommendation”

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RECOMMENDATION

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Promise me,

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promise me this day,

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while the sun is overhead

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exactly at the zenith,

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promise me:

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Even as they strike you down

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with mountains of hatred and violence;

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even as they dismember you and disembowel you,

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remember, brother, remember

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man is not your enemy.

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The only thing worthy of you is compassion-

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invincible, limitless, unconditional.

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Hatred will never let you face the beast in man.

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One day, when you face this beast alone,

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with your courage intact, with your eyes kind, untroubled,

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(even as no one sees them)

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out of your smile will bloom a flower.

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And those who love you will behold you

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across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying.

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Alone again,

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I will go with bent head,

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knowing that love has become eternal.

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On the long, rough road

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the sun and the moon

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will continue to shine.

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THICH NAHT HANH ( 1965 )

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COMMENTARY

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Look within. Concentrate on the seer, not on the seen. The formula is extremely easy, though not applied by many. It just requires the strong, inexcusable determination to stick to it no matter what. If your thirst for Truth is not immeasurable, infinite, insatiable, the road is indeed impassable, impenetrable, unsurmountable. The obstructions or blockages are never without, but always within. The path is an untrodden one because it is oneself that has to walk it alone. Each of us has its own road with its unique lessons. One has to penetrate into it absolutely naked (without prejudices or pre conceived ideas about ANYTHING)  that is why it is the untrodden one. The change that is operated within depends on our flexibility to accept it because our conditioning is strong. Awareness suddenly develops and starts changing our “now”, our always “present moment” by becoming “present”. TRUTH has an inherent quality of inevitability.

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At first, it is like always walking on the razor’s edge without the certainty of the result. This groundless ground is a way of no return. The one starting it has no certainty, no reassurance from the outside.  It is just the invincible faith inside that there is more to this world of form that is inexplicably escaping from our limited perception or understanding. There must exist this invincible faith that one will find it. And as “when there is a will there is a way”, one succeeds. There are no mistakes in this lonely path because all you need is inside yourself. The only help comes from within. Never doubt, never act with a divided mind, there is a strength in you that you must come to make friends with.  Men look for the Holy Grail ignoring that it is inside oneself. Take refuge in the Self because it is only there that strength lies.  It is only your lack of determination to stick to it that can fail. And if your will is strong and solid your success is sure.

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What is required is the courage and honesty to face one’s mistakes, one’s own flaws, the places where one gets easily hooked and inevitably slips.  The failure to be loving and kind, to forgive or to sow peace. The universe only knows love or lack of love, that is what is read in our hearts independently of good intentions or words uttered. Give freely. Be happy to give freely: give your smile, your encouragement, your kind attitude, your laughter, your joy… There is love in this sharing. Share the gift of your freshness in a smile without expectations…Compassion is a feeling of empathy for others that motivates a desire to help and a gesture of love is really helpful. All you do ripples to others.

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The capacity to stop the wandering mind and use it as a servant and not be used by it is a giant step forward in your development. The mind is useful for certain tasks and no more. Discover its usefulness and discard the rest of unnecessary thoughts. “Rule your mind and do not be ruled by it.”  Be able to stop the mind.  Do not pretend to be unable or weak or lazy.  Use your limitless potential wisely.

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As Ramana Maharshi states “There are no “others””. Sages say “There are no enemies.”  Look within. Observe the watcher. BE THE WATCHER. WATCH YOURSELF. All the answers are inside yourself. Never look without for answers, you will never get what you are seeking if you look in the wrong places. And the only place where you will find EVERYTHING is WITHIN.

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Discover who you really are. Do not miss the FUNDAMENTAL. Truth is here and now available to ALL. Face Truth and make eye contact with REALITY. But beware you cannot negotiate with the ETERNAL.

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WHAT IS, IS. IT CAN SIMPLY “BE”.

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firma

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♥ March 31,2014 ♥

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♥♥♥♥♥

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“Freedom is what you do with what ‘s been done to you.” Jean Paul Sartre

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“FREEDOM IS WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT’S BEEN DONE TO YOU.”

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Jean Paul Sartre

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Commentary

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Yes, you’ve been hurt. All right. And now What???? Are you going to hold on to your grievances for the rest of your life?  Are you decided to play the victim role or do you want to grow up and learn to overcome difficulties, walk away from pain and hurt and enjoy “now”. The issue is already past, bury it and live in the present moment. Do not give your power to others, you rule over your mind, nobody else does. Beware what you are telling yourself. 

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Your are free to let go or free to hold on to your grievances, grudges and bitterness or decide to forgive and move forward.

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Learn to forgive the unforgivable. Let go, relinquish all resentments, make eye contact with life and feel free to be happy. No matter what was done to you, forgive. Everything you do, you do to yourself, if you do not forgive you are punishing yourself for….WHAT??? Is it worthwhile? 

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An unforgiving heart lives in the past. Forgiveness is a choice. Forgiveness is the best gift you can do to yourself. Choose happiness, forgive and find peace.

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                              A STORY ON FORGIVENESS

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Once upon a time there was a sage in a big busy city. The sage had various disciples. One day the sage gave an empty sack and a basket of potatoes to one of his disciples. He looked at him right in his eyes and told him: “Think of all the people who have done or said something against you in the recent past, especially those you cannot forgive. For each of them, carve his name on a potato and put it in the sack.

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The disciple came up with a few names, and soon his sack was full with potatoes.

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“Carry the sack with you wherever you go for a week” said the sage. 

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At first, the disciple thought nothing of it. Carrying the sack was not particularly difficult. But after a while, it became more of a burden. It sometimes got in the way, and it seemed to require more effort to carry as time went on, even though its weight remain the same. After a few days, the sack began to smell. The carved potatoes gave off a ripe odour. Not only were increasingly inconvenient to carry around, they were also becoming rather unpleasant.

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Finally, the week was over. The sage summoned the disciple. “Any thoughts about all this?”

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“Yes, master”, the disciple replied. “The potatoes smelled and I’m tired of carrying this weight.”

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“Negative feelings are like the rotten potatoes. When we are unable to forgive others, we carry negative feelings with us everywhere, much like these potatoes. That negativity becomes a burden to us and, after a while, it festers. We must forgive to lighten our load and make our lives happy.”

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“What about the sack?” the disciple asked.

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“The sack is … that which allows you to hold on to the negativity. It is something within us that makes us dwell on feeling offended…. Ah, it’s your inflated sense of self-importance. And if you get rid of the sack then you do not have a place where to put the potatoes. … That means no more weight to carry around and no more bad smells.

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The secret of forgiveness is the conscious decision to not just remove some potatoes … but to relinquish the entire sack.”

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♥ November 30, 2013 ♥

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“On children” poem by Kahlil Gibran

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ON CHILDREN

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Your children are not your children.


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They are the sons and daughters of Life’s

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 longing for itself.


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They come through you but not from you,

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And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

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You may give them your love

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but not your thoughts,

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For they have their own thoughts.

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You may house their bodies but not their souls,


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For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,


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which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.


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You may strive to be like them,

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but seek not to make them like you.


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For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

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You are the bows from which your children


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as living arrows are sent forth.


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The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,


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and He bends you with His might


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that His arrows may go swift and far.


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Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

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For even as He loves the arrow that flies,


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so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Kahlil Gibran

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COMMENTARY

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Love is not about possession. Love is to feel free to love without expectations or rewards. As Kahlil Gibran said: “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”  Love them and strengthen their souls, make them aware so that they can see for themselves.

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Birds are taught to sing, taught to fly and then encouraged to leave the nest.  Beware that they grow wings as strong as those of eagles and allow them to fly. Teach them fearlessness, let them be free. Teach them not to care about others’s opinions. Teach them LOVE by loving them and if they want to fly, by all means, leave them. Think of them, not of you.

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If you are afraid they will one day leave you, you will show it somehow. Enjoy them while they are around, do your very best any minute you share, teach them to laugh, teach them awareness, teach them actions and consequences, teach them to pay attention, teach them gratefulness. Give them tools.  Love is the best remedy for all, put love in  every now, just love, love and more love.  

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Fearful parents cannot bring up  fearless children.Remember that your fear is your responsibility, not your children’s.  They will be your mirror. They will be conditioned by your conditioning. Do not allow your emotions blind you, be stable, be aware. You would not like to see your children always in kindergarden, let them grow into healthy adults and one day be happy to see that you have fulfilled your mission. But as life is “now”, enjoy the “now”.

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