The Optimist Creed

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When I was a senior in high school, I received a small scholarship from “The Optimist Club” of Northwest Indiana (  I don’t recall the amount, but every little bit helped with paying for college.  In addition to receiving a little money, I also received a small desk plaque with “The Optimist Creed” on it.  32 years later, I still have the plaque on my desk.

I’ve now made the commitment to read this every morning when I come into the office.  I believe reading these words each day can help make it a better day.  Why don’t you join me to see if it makes the day a little better for you and those around you.

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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 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

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