I Promised Myself

I promised myself...through my Optimist Creed
To help any person...that I found in need.
If by only a word...or a cheery smile
To make them feel...they were really worth while.

To be so strong...that what troubles I find
Will not disturb...my peace of mind.
Health and happiness...will be my theme,
And a rich fullfillment...of every dream.

For mistakes I make...I will atone
By making each one...a stepping stone,
That will lead me on...and guide my way
To greater achievements...at some future day.

Too large for worry...too strong for fear,
Too noble for anger...should trouble appear.
With an Optimist nature...and that spirit implied
I will always look...on the sunny side.

I will strive for the best...and do all that I can,
But I'll praise the success...of my fellowman.
I will keep so busy...at my own enterprise,
I will have no time...to criticize.

So when I come...to the end of the day,
I can put my thoughts...and work away.
I will have that feeling...as I take my rest,
That throughout this day...I have done my best.

Yes, I promised myself...through my Optimist Creed,
To help any person...that I found in need.
And I've kept that promise...but I must agree,
That the one I've helped most...has really been me.


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