Once upon a time about four summers ago, I received my “Bosom Buddy,” a big blue binder that is. The contents of this binder were anything but ordinary. In fact, they were rather…mysteriously wonderful. And I am here today to share with you a little piece of this wonderment. Credit to BETA Broyhill Leadership Conference – you guys are truly the best.
THE OPTIMIST’S CREED
1. To be so strong that nothing can destroy your peace of mind.
2. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
3. To make all your friends feel that there is something special in them. (Because there really is something special in them! And it’s up to you to bring out the best in them and keep the best exposed!)
4. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. (The old silver lining concept – it works. Cliché, yes, but it works!)
5. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best. (This sounds like total B.S. because it appears to imply that everyone needs to be a perfectionist. However, not so; there are many different ways to view these concepts but this is how I see it: 1) To think only of the best is to think of the best of whatever current situation you are in. 2) To work only for the best is to put forth your best effort in each of your endeavors – even if it simply means to add a genuinely cheerful countenance in your daily “Good mornings” to your bosses, professors, teachers, parents, etc. rather doing so curtly with a half-hearted smile. 3) To expect only the best is to expect that the outcome of your work or even yourself will be the best only because you have earned the right to do so due to you having performed your best. What do you think this means?)
6. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. We’re jealous beings. We hate to see other people triumph while we are left behind in the dust. I am guilty of this negative jealousy myself. But I have taught myself to forge a congratulatory attitude to those who have just tread on to victory. Actually, I think I’ve done it so many times now that I actually genuinely feel happy for them. Try it – you can trick your brain into it if nothing else works. That’s not to say that I don’t wish the accomplishment for myself, however ;). 7. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. My goodness, people! Have some dignity! Don’t you have more respect for someone who makes a recovery and returns with his or her head held high? YES! The same applies to YOU. Take your failures and mold them into something uniquely you. Failures, mistakes, and scandals can only increase your potential because you can take them and learn. Do something proactive!
8. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. Wearing a sunny disposition creates an amazingly uplifting effect on two people – you and the person you are greeting. Well, actually more than two if you continue this throughout the day to every living creature you meet.
9. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Recall noticing all those people that you get so annoyed with because all they do is talk bad about other people while you can see that they are actually the ones that need improvement but are blind to that fact? Well…no further explanation necessary.
10. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. Large, noble, strong, happy – not too bad of characteristics to have, am I correct? Thus, it certainly doesn’t hurt to maximize them as well.