Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Christian D. Larsen 1874 - ?

I suppose most of you would know of Christian Daa Larsen. I didn't know of him until yesterday when I came across The Optimist Creed, included in his book, Your Forces and How to Use Them, which can be read HERE. Larsen founded the New Thought Temple in 1901 and wrote several philosophical books.

The Optimist Creed - Christian D. Larsen, 1912

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 a 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.

Empowering words; a little like Desiderata, which I've taken with me with every move since the 60s and is on the wall behind me. Along with my brothers I went to Sunday School to the age of 15 but ever since I have followed my Father's philosophy and lived by the Golden Rule.

1 comment:

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Aline, Thank you for the introduction to the Optimist Creed... words to aim for, for sure...

I have always felt this way too, about the Desiderata... it is a good base and helps me feel centered and balanced and worthwhile... I have always kept a copy near me for years.