The Importance of Staying Positive

Today is my 67th birthday.  I was born around 10:00 pm on August 14, 1950.  By 1950 standards, I was a large baby, weighing in at 8 pounds 14 ounces.  As the years pass and my birthdays approach I get more and more reflective.

This year, I’ve had a lot to think about.  The saber rattling with North Korea and the incident in Charlottesville VA over the weekend are depressing to me.

When I get depressed, I turn to one piece of advice I received a long time ago — The Optimist Creed. When I was a sophomore in high school, I participated in the Optimist International oratory contest.  The topic that year was “Optimism, Youth’s Greatest Asset.”  I won my section and place third overall.

For my efforts, I received a plaque of The Optimist Creed.  I have kept that plaque all of these years.  It sits right above my desk.  I read it every day — sometimes more than once when I start to get down.  On my birthday, I’m giving you the wisdom in The Optimist Creed…

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 ave no time to criticize others.

  • To be too large for worry, too mobile for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Words to live by — especially when you get down.

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  1. Happy Birthday Mr Bud Bilanich????


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