Saturday Night Sketch

Saturday Night Sketch
Saturday Night Sketch

Friday, 29 November 2013

Cheerful Countenance

I have posted" Promise Yourself" by Christian D. Larson before but I couldn't resist posting this gem again.

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,

Cheerful Countenance
Oil on canvas board 6"x6"



  1. Cheerful is an appropriate name for this painting. Lovely roses and pretty vase.

  2. Your roses are getting too competetive with their siblings, each one is emergying in the best possible way, yes, they do make us cheerful! Love this poem because I am doing just that on every day basis :-)

  3. Definitely a poem that should be read and remembered everyday ! Your rose is outstandingly beautiful, as Padmaja are competing with yourself :-))


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