Tuesday, June 26, 2007


How do you run your life? Do you run it in a half empty sort of way or is your glass of life always half full?

Optimists always take the glass that's half full.

I'll drink to that.

I was a member of the Optimist Club when we lived in Appletown. Twelve years ago we moved from Appletown to a little village on the California coast. There wasn't an Optimist Club to join so I became a member of the local Lion's club.

After two years on the coast, we moved inland to Cowtown. Like the little village on the coast, Cowtown didn't have a local chapter of Optimists International.

I've decided to organize a Cowtown chapter of Optimist International. It's time to do that both for me and because Cowtown needs a service organization that has a focus on the youth of our community.

Most don't know a lot about what being an Optimist means. But when they read our mission statement or check out the Optimist Creed they light up.

Make a copy of the Optimist Creed and adjust your life accordingly. They are words to live by.

The Optimist Creed

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.

Purposes of Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;

To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;

To inspire respect for the law;

To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;

To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

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twilite said...

Hi Bob! Thanks for sharing the creed. I like that. I might just lift that and post that on my blog... Sure I'll be the 1st virtual member ay?

Dawn said...

Sign me up!

Blessed said...

How very inspiring!!!
This is what I need to do---
surround myself with optimistic people and guarantee that
it would be such a wonderful thing for me! Negativity breeds negativity. Postivity breeds positivity.
We definitely need more postivity in this world!!

Max said...

Dad, good for you. That's a nice project to work on.

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