The Optimist Creed

First, I would like to share an article from this week's New York Times which absolutely blew me away... the fascinating system of homemade meal delivery in Mumbai, India... please take some time to read it here. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Second, at the risk of turning this newsletter into a motivational pamphlet with loopy italic fonts against a shimmering heavenly background, I want to share with you the Optimist Creed, which is a beautiful collection of rather unattainable notions. It is compelling, though, and I think if you or I were able to realize even a single one of these affirmations, we'd be on some sort of right track. So here it is...

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 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.

There you have it. Not a whole lot to report from Soup Peddler Central Station except that we are sifting through your excellent submissions to the Harvesting The Great Soupie Brain 2000 contest. Remember when appending the number 2000 to something made it sound far off and futuristic? I guess we're on to 3000 now. Thank you as always for your input and continued support.