This post needs an epigraph. As such, only an entire poem will serve.

“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

Okay, so, I realized that I’ve been kind of a downer, lately. (My last post gives a small glimpse of that…)I need to be more positive. I need to be happier, to smile more, and to repay back the love that the world has shown me tenfold.

I, to be completely true and open, have been challenged (by one specific person) to be an optimist. I have been challenged to be more positive. And the reasons are important, but also private. So, sorry.

But, look on the bright side, there is a change. Or at least the challenge for change. And I like challenges.

So, because positivity is rad yo, here are some photos I found, that I like, and stuff. But I will write in between all of these photos. To make things interesting.


So, what can an optimist do? Well, win. Because with hope, and love, and positivity, every day is a victory, and all failures are simply lessons which needed to be learned. But all of this is with the knowledge that we will do better next time.


I not only needed this challenge in my life, but I accept it, completely open-armed. I intend to do everything in my power to be more positive. I want to love LIFE more, to love OTHERS more, to love GOD more, but most importantly, to love MYSELF more. I haven’t been doing a good enough job of that, lately. But (and let this be proof of the promise to come) I promise to do everything possible to be a more positive, optimistic person.


But I think the most important thing is, even if I fail, or even if I feel that overwhelming sense of disappointment in myself again, or that overwhelming hopelessness, I will at least know this:


And really, that’s all that can be said. But that is the greatest lesson to possibly learn.

So, today’s Daily Gratitude is for Brielle. Who has been trying her best to make me feel better, and actually made me feel the best when she sent me a text intending to make me feel worse. Thank you, yo have absolutely no idea how much I needed that, or how much I need you. I am truly thankful for you in my life, although I hope you already know that. You’ve already been a “daily gratitude,” too, but I think you truly deserved it, today.

And I’m sorry, but this post, in case you’re reading it (and happen to not be Brielle or myself), and wondering what’s really going on, wasn’t written with you in mind. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to gain from it. There is always something to gain. Thank you for reading!



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