Well I am. You know who Pollyanna is/was, right? No? The little girl protagonist of Eleanor Porter’s bestselling 1913 novel by the same name. The book, so popular that twelve, TWELVE, sequels followed! (Hello, Harry Potter.) Made into several movies in the 1920’s, 60’s and 2003. Centered on Pollyanna Whittier, kid orphan who played the “Glad Game”–which had the aim of looking for the silver lining in everything, even the darkest cloud.
Or put another way: “I’m gonna find a reason to smile.” I have come to believe (really believe) that WE FIND THAT WHICH WE ARE LOOKING FOR. Think about that for a second. Look for anger, you’ll find it. Look for bad news, it’s there! But Pollyanna looked for good…and found good (while at the same time transforming her little town of Beldingsville, Vermont). Well okay, yea, she did sorta lose use of her legs for a bit, but still.
For some folks, Pollyanna has come to mean a person with an unrealistically naive, rose-colored, skewed world view. And I say…yes! Don’t we need folks who will don rosy glasses from time to time? We hear the other view constantly. I know the bad is out there, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life paying (PAYING) attention to it. I desire to spend more time attending to the joy in life.
I love (and have framed in my office) Christian D. Larson’s pollyannish “The Optimist’s Creed“:
I promise myself:
- To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
- To talk health, happiness & prosperity to every person I meet.
- To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
- To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.
- To think only of the best, to work only for the best & 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 & give a smile to every living creature 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 & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
- To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
- To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
Consider joining me in making this 1912 creed our creed for life AND join me in voting for Pollyanna for the next President of the United States. Thank you, and God bless America.