Saturday, December 14, 2013

To be so strong

“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 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.” 

-Christian D. Larson Your Forces and How to Use Them

Maybe these words will enfold you in their warmth. When I read them I was filled with inspiration, and the strong desire to be true to the best that is in me.

The photos were taken at Annahof, an organic farm we like to visit whenever we get a chance. 



  1. Every time a hand reaches out to help another,
    every time someone puts anger aside
    and strives for understanding,
    every time people forget their differences
    and realize their love for each other,
    that is Christmas.
    May this Christmas bring us closer
    to the spirit of human understanding,
    closer to the blessing of peace!
    Blessings to you and yours at Christmas.

  2. Absolutely great words, and I like your photos, especially of the animals.

  3. This was a very inspiring poem, Dawn. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs, Nellie

  4. I felt very good and inspired too after reading a big breath of fresh air just went right through me. this poem is everything I want to be. I'm going to learn it by heart .... thank you for sharing it with us.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. ♥

  5. thank you for these words...and your beautiful life.

  6. Very inspiring. Sending love and hugs. xo

  7. What a great reminder! Let's talk soon!!!!

  8. I was so moved by this Dawn--I had to copy it! Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family! ♥

  9. Hope you are having a good holiday season. Wishing you and your family many blessings!


  10. I am so moved by this inspirational poem, I have copied it, so that I can read it and be motivated by it every day. Love your beautiful pictures, winter can be so visually amazing.
    Pat in South Africa



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