Clearly my reputation as a miserable old sod has caught up with me since this arrived in my inbox this morning. However, after the initial 'glass-is-always-half-empty, who-are-these-new-agers-trying-to-kid' moment I had a good look at the list and thought how different the world would be if we all applied its principles. So I decided to share it on here in the hope it might counterbalance some of the negative karma floating around the internet...
May I present the Optimist's Charter, penned by Christian D. Larson in 1912 and adopted by Optimist International in 1922. And as they say in Kelly's Heroes - don't give me those negative waves....
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 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 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.
Don't worry though, I'm sure by tomorrow I'll have found some suitably cynical way to undermine all this.