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Permanent Link: The Optimist’s Creed

Posted Jan 01 2010 12:00am

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 of your friends feel there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think 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.

Goodbye 2009, hello 2010! :)

It’s been a great year; faced really crushing and bitter disappointment the earlier half that was so hard to swallow… and I think six months on, I’ve finally picked up the pieces and moved on. Learned a lot from my failures, also learned that studies are more important than anything else.

Self-discipline. I’m going to be self-disciplined in 2010. “So what is self-discipline? It is a decision you must make that you aren’t going to expect the least from yourself anymore, that you are going to commit to working harder, to practicing your skills.” I shall eat right so as to recover as fast as possible from workouts, do my core exercises properly, work on building strength, sleep early, not waste time on useless activities.

I’m glad I failed, and I don’t want it to happen again. I don’t want to make the same mistakes twice.


Once, when Muhammad Ali lost a title fight, a reporter askedhim how it felt to lose, most likely expecting the standard athletic press conference answer.

Instead, Ali turned to face the reporter and gave him a lesson in living.

“We’re all going to lose in life,” he said. “You’re going to lose your wife, your mother, your father. We all have losses in life, and the ones who can really overcome those losses and just keep living….can come back and be successful. You can’t go die because you lost. We all have losses in life.”

Planned a ‘surprise’ super belated birthday dinner for dev yesterday, and his army friends came along. He was quite shocked when he came and saw all of us sitting there cos he thought he was only gonna be meeting me. Haha. That look was priceless. But after that I SO regretted organising it when the guys started saying stuff like, “So, when are you guys  getting together?”, “Look at the sexual tension between them!”, etc etc. I nearly choked on my horrible portobello burger. (btw don’t eat at Burger Shack, it’s a total rip-off in my opinion.)

Hope you guys had a happy first day of the year! I slept in today, watched another emo korean drama, decluttered my room, and went for dinner with the family….. So damned hard to keep to my vegan diet I tell you. Esp when my neighbour’s father can cook damn well. I have been wanting to eat Clement’s father’s cooking for AGES (and I dropped a LOT of hints, like, “EH I HEARD YOUR FATHER DAMN GOOD COOK AH”, to which he would just reply, “ya.” -_-) and today he finally came to give some hokkien mee (containing meat) for us to try! I said, “Oh, no, I can’t eat meat, sorry.” And his mom said, “Then eat the noodles!” No, no, no, I can’t. I must….er, stick to my principles…

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