Friday, July 23, 2010

Optimal optimism

A dear friend, bright and beautiful, sent yesterday a pamphlet.
To cheer up probably.
Because life is a little difficult now that the concept of being together with someone has changed to being with no one.
And this the dear friend and many others know and they all do a lot so that the sun is seen shining again.

The pamphlet is called "The Optimist Creed" and is published by "Optimist International".
An American organization based in Missouri.
Promoting itself with these words:

"Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids."
Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.
With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people."

Back to the pamphlet "The optimist Creed".
It asks to promise yourself 10 things.
That's a lot!
How to even remember all of those 10 promises?
And then, how realistic are they?

Promise 1.
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Promise 2.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

Promise 3.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

Promise 4.
To look at the sunny side of everything and to make your optimism come true.

Promise 5.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

Promise 6.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

Promise 7.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Promise 8.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

Promise 9.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

Promise 10.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Be aware, fervent and loyal blog readers, these are promises.
Not ten commandments.
And be also aware that if you manage to 100 % live these promises and you manage to completely fulfill them, you are a Zen Master, an angel and Barack Obama, all in one person.

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