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Blog-10-commandmentsby Sandra Elzie

Have you ever made a promise to yourself…and then not kept it?

  • I promise to not eat chocolate until I lose 10 pounds.
  • I promise to not get angry when crazy drivers cut me off in traffic.

Well, you know the drill.   Then a friend of mine sent a list written by Christian Daa Larson (lived 1874 – 1954) who was a teacher and author. Below is her list.


Promise Yourself

  •  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 special 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 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.


Wow, now that’s a list to live by. Can you imagine the world if everyone lived by such a list?

Can you add something to Ms. Larson’s list? Have you ever known someone who lived like this list suggests? If so, we’d love to hear about that person.


About the Author:



Sandra Elzie was challenged by her husband in 2001 not to wait until retirement in 2005 to start writing the book he’d been hearing about almost since they had been married. Picking up the gauntlet he’d thrown down, Sandra spent the next eight years honing her craft and published in 2008.  She now lives in southern Georgia with her husband and cat and enjoys reading, traveling.   Oh yeah, and she loves getting pictures of her kids and grandkids.   To learn more, go to

Her books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

She also writes as Sandra McGregor.  Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Marilyn Baron - May 8, 2014 - 6:56 am

What a list. I’d be happy if I could achieve even some of those promises.

Piper - May 8, 2014 - 7:40 am

I don’t known of anyone who isn’t like this. *ahem* It certainly is an ambitious list.

It gives people something to aim for…:)

Walt Mussell - May 8, 2014 - 11:25 am

My list doesn’t allow me to turn down chocolate. It does instruct me to do a better job of protecting my beloved wife from errant foul balls.

Sandy, great list!

Susan Carlisle - May 8, 2014 - 6:41 pm

I would add –make memories with your loved ones they are the things that really matter.

Maxine Davis - May 9, 2014 - 8:20 am

Sandy, I am impressed with that list. Some of them are the ones I do try to keep but it is awfully hard sometime.

Carol Burnside - May 9, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Stellar goals. It wouldn’t hurt anyone to keep them in mind.

Sandy Elzie - May 12, 2014 - 5:40 am

Thank you all for the comments. I was in Florida, without WiFi, so, without leaving the beach to go to a McDonalds, I couldn’t comment. Now I’ back…with a sunburn, but I’m relaxed.

Sia Huff - May 16, 2014 - 12:58 pm

I have that list on a magnet on my refrig. Good words to strive for.

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