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 know 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 creative 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 faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
~Christian D. Larson
Which line of this work by Christian Larson is your favorite? For me, it changes year-to-year (or month-to-month, sometimes day-to-day). Currently, it is this: To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
During this huge transition (details soon), I find myself repeating that one line over and over: I am too strong for fear. Fear is clever; it shape-shifts and bleeds and even hides sometimes… and just as soon as I am ready to proclaim my outright fearlessness … there it is again, with a new look and a new lesson.
I read this in times of prosperity, of “lack” and of depression. Even (or, especially) during the darker times, I strive to find resonance in at least one line – one mantra or goal to press on towards. I tell myself that even if I don’t feel like the embodiment of these words, I yearn to be that person again in the future. I acknowledge and experience the ups and downs but I always want to portray the very best of these sentiments.
I look at it this way: I want these words, ideas and beliefs to mean something so powerful that they will, at the very least, bookend every experience I have. During times of great loss, sorrow, tragedy or darkness, I want to know that I have felt this peaceful before – and I will feel this peaceful again. I want these BRIGHT and illuminated ideas to define me, not just the dark ones I experience during the difficult periods. The dark times have lessons all their own, and we all learn them in our own time, and in our own way. But I believe we are brought forward from the light, to spread light. And afterwards, we will all return to the same source of light. When I choose and practice this remembrance, I find it easier to walk through the unknown, the darkness and the sorrow.
For my friends and loved ones struggling at the very bottom of their darkness, please accept this offering of light. I do not expect that these words will alleviate your pain at this moment, but I ask you to believe that if you can read them slowly enough, and many times over, that they will awaken in you a recognition of the love, light and joy you were brought here to experience. I think of you all each day and I hold you in light, and I ask others more experienced and powerful than I am to do the same. You are not forgotten and you are not alone.
With the light of the Universe and the love we all share,
PS. It has been my *fear* in the past that expressing sentiments such as these would be seen as insulting to those suffering through very real, very deep and very difficult pain. Having personally been, many times over, in those places (and sure to return at times in the future), I know that I can speak up and say that my truth and awareness mean something. Esther Hicks (Abraham) said:
”You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.”
I find this to be true of happiness as well. You cannot get sad enough to help sad people feel better. My advantage comes in showing that their is a better side, an easier time, and a return to love and strength waiting for all of is; this strength comes from within and also without. Ask those around you for all the support you need. Lean on the blessings and love you have shared in the past to fire up your own recognition of the beauty that undoubtedly lies ahead.