If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you will remember the Welcome Blog (July 2015) in which I told readers they could expect a variety of blog topics, including some that are more personal, with our overall goal to write about things that are interesting, perhaps useful and/or might resonate with you.  This is one of my more personal entries.

It seems unbelievable that it is 36 years since my father passed away.  After he died a little piece of paper came into my possession.  It was “The Optimist Creed” which is the official creed of Optimist International and I believe Dad carried it in his wallet. Every day and in every way, he lived the words in this creed.  It has been posted on our refrigerator for years. Recently, I’ve noticed it is looking more tattered and faded.  I don’t want to lose it so what better way to give it some permanence but to share it in a blog.

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.

—– Christian D. Larson

Sometimes, things don’t go as one would like or expect.  In those unexpected circumstances this creed helps remind me of who I am and how I want to live my life;  that sometimes life has some bumps in the road, but you don’t need to change who you are to overcome them.