Who are we talking about?
Santa Claus, of course, a.k.a. Kris Kringle.
During a recent conversation, Kris told me that he lives by the tenets of the Optimist Creed. Here's what he said:
"Every day I wake up strong. Nothing disturbs my peace of mind.
Every day I greet Mrs. Claus with positive words. We only speak of health, happiness and prosperity.
When I see the elves, I applaud their work. I like everyone in the toy shop to feel happy.
Of course I always looks at the sunny side of everything. That's how I make my optimism come true.
When I make my list, I think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best. I want more children on the nice list than on the naughty one.
When the elves develop a new toy or a new manufacturing process I delight in their success.
I never think about the time that Rudolph and I took the wrong turn in the snowstorm. Instead, I press on to the greater achievements of the future. We have a lot of miles to cover one day a year!
If you've ever seen me, you know I'm always wearing a smile.
It's hard to critical when you think of Christmas year-round. I work hard on my holiday attitude and physique throughout the year.
I am too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. It's just who I am."
You can be like Santa. Just choose to live the Optimist Creed.