This is How I’m Starting My Week . . .

I read this (below), last week, over at Anita Kaushal’s blog and think it is utterly fabulous. I think its something we should read everyday!  It’s like a dose of preventative medicine, that is sure to keep us young and alive and full of a delicious life. 

I have been thinking about life lately. You know, the kind of living where you don’t really live. You sourly just exist. From here to there, A to B and if you are lucky there might just be a little excitement in the middle. Well, I’m getting kind of tired of that. Tired of not doing things because I am afraid. Afraid of failing, afraid of getting hurt, afraid I’ll not be good enough, afraid people won’t like me (or what I’m doing), afraid I won’t know how to do what I need to or want to do, and the list goes on.  But with out a doubt, I don’t believe my life was meant to be small. . . The smallness you feel comes from within you.  Your lives AREN’T small, but your living them in a small way.  Open up your lives and LIVE openly and expansively (2 Cor 6:11-13, the Message).  People that live like this truly live and those that don’t miss out on a lot of life and I don’t want to be one of those people.  

The Optimist Creed

by Christian Larson

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.

{image via Flickr}


  • Sofea
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 12:54am

    hey nice !!!

  • Paris Atelier
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 1:13am

    You can’t know how much I absolutly needed that today! I was just thinkiing some of those same thoughts about living a larger life and fufilling a greater destiney when I clicked on this! Thank you! I am going to print this out and read it everyday! Great post, you are always such an inspiration. Thaks for sharing!

  • paula
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 7:35am

    this all is just perfectly said. For me I have decided to start giving real hugs to everyone I come in contact with. I am good at little hugs, but I want to give everyone mama hugs. The one’s that make that person feel as if they are the most important person to me.

  • sarah
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 8:56am

    Wonderfully stated. No one wants to live a mundane existence. Every day I try to decide if what I’m doing will inspire me now and make me smile in the future. My goal is to be able to tell amazing stories to my grandchildren when I’m old. No one wants to hear about the office drone who ate Lean Cuisines while watching reality tv every night. Life like every day is your last.

  • Tara
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 9:49am

    I can’t tell you how much I needed to hear this! Thank you for sharing!

  • my favorite and my best
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 10:32am


  • Maggie May
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 11:01am

    a beautiful and very timely post for all of us right now.

  • Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 11:48am

    Ditto, Tara – I needed this….Perfect for a Monday! I’m going to print it out and post it where I can feel encouraged, optimistically every day! Have a La Lovely Monday!

  • Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 12:34pm

    …and I’m back to let you know that I awarded your ‘Kreativ’ blog today on my blog. You truly are an inspiration to me! Thank you for your blog!

  • Miz.November
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 1:09pm

    Thank you for this. Yesterday, at church, I was just thinking about how I am so tired of hearing about how bad things are and how they are just gonna get worse. I don’t think God intended for us to live in fear. Actually, I know He didn’t.

  • amy.
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 7:37pm

    Thank you SO much for this post. I love it. Helped me immensely today…hope you don’t mind if I post the optimists creed on my blog (with credit linked to you of course).

    Love it!

  • Julie
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 8:28pm

    beautiful. thank you for this.

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 9:35pm

    Thank you all for the sweet comments.. I’m glad this gave you all as much encouragement as it did me!
    xx Happy week and happy living!

  • Callie Grayson
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 9:56pm

    very inspirational trina!!
    great post:)

  • Primrose
    Commented on March 16th, 2009 at 10:56pm

    I was feeling a little glum today so perfect timing with your post. Thanks also for mentioning Anita Kaushal’s Blog. I’ve had one of her books on Amazon on order for ages. I love her home! The swing is brilliant! Had no idea she has a Blog.

  • Stephanie
    Commented on March 17th, 2009 at 5:24am

    Just read your blog this Tuesday morning. I googled
    Christian Larson, his wisdom was written in 1921. I am going to pass it on to my email friends. It gave me motivation to work on my attitude!
    Thank you for posting it,

  • jessica
    Commented on March 17th, 2009 at 8:57pm

    Thank you for this Trina~ I so needed to read this :) What a great mantra to live by each day. Perfect picture with it.:) xo!

  • Jules
    Commented on March 20th, 2009 at 11:29pm

    love this – very encouraging and inspirational! i needed to read this :)

  • Anna Alexopoulos
    Commented on March 24th, 2009 at 11:41am


  • Ms. Jenn
    Commented on July 1st, 2009 at 8:59pm

    Wow, I love this. Going to check it out and will probably repost that creed. Amazing.

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