Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Optimist's Creed

My dad, Leonard R Brand, was a lifelong Optimist (member & believer.)  After he died, I was responsible for clearing out his office at the family printing company: Brand Printing Co, Inc.

On the wall near his desk was the plaque he had received as an award from the Northside Optimist Club in Indianapolis where he had been President.

On May 20, 2014 I presented the Optimist's Creed as the invocation for our Indianapolis Rotary Club.

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.