Optimist or Pessimist?

When I saw this topic suggestion from Plinky.com I giggled to myself.   Who admits they are a pessimist?  I see them, meet them walking around, clueless to their negative out look on life.  The Nay-Sayers of existence.  I listen without responding, knowing their minds can not be changed.  Feelings of pity and sadness rise and I force through without criticism, giving a positive spin of  joy.  Spreading cheer.

I, on the other hand, am a card-carrying member of the Optimist International Club.  An organization the helps

“By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.” Yes, that is our official mission statement.

I was asked, by a co-worker, to attend a meeting as a visitor.  She is a cheery, delightful person to be around, so I accepted. After all, what could it hurt?  At the beginning of the meeting they opened with reciting a the creed. While reading this out loud, I found myself hooked.  Yes, this was the group for me.  The rest is history.  I would like to share the creed with you and see how it makes you feel.

It is my hope, these words are as powerful for you, as they were to me, the first time I read them.

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.

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