In my work-in-progress, every chapter starts with a positive quote from one character to another character. To give me ideas, I’ve been looking up quotes, and I found this poem. It won’t fit in my book, but it inspires me. It makes me want to be better.
I’ve already blown all my resolutions for the year – partly because I pulled a muscle, which put a temporary halt to my exercise resolutions. (I’m better now, but I’m taking it easy until I’m sure that it’s healed.) And I’ve stopped others, partly because life got in my way and partly because, well, I just did. But I’m not beating myself up for any of this. I think wanting to be better in any way – or every way – is good. That if you want it and think about it, some of it stays with you.
I probably won’t keep all of the promises of the poem below, but I’m taking it to heart, and I hope some of it stays with me, too.
by Christian D. Larson
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 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.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
I want to know. What promise has been staying in your heart?