I recently spoke for the Westminster Optimist Club here in Westminster, Colorado. I really enjoy speaking for Optimist Clubs. If you haven’t before, go to www.Optimist.org and check out their creed. Their creed is something that we as human beings should adopt as a Human Code of Conduct. Why? Below, I share several of the pledges that members of the Optimist Club adhere to. I also share my comments about these pledges. But I want you, YOU, to add your own comments. Let’s see if we can start something that will change the way we live!

Promise yourself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. – Do you realize how easily others can come in and disturb your peace of mind? As I have said before, and let me reiterate: sometimes you have to let some folks go, at least for a season, so that you can maintain your peace of mind. Don’t let others have control of you and disturb you. Let those people go and do YOU!

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet – If you spent most of your days talking health, happiness and prosperity to every person you met, how much time would you have to gripe about inconsequential stuff? Stop sweating the small stuff! The Drill Sergeant of Life says: Get out there and share what needs to be shared!!!

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them – Many of your friends are going through some struggles. Believe it or not, you hold the key that will make a difference in their lives. Now, I am not talking about enabling your friends. When you enable, you do more harm than good. What I am talking about here is encouraging your friends; help them see that there is more to them than what meets the eye. Help them to dream again. Help them to have faith in themselves again. Soon, you will see your friends blossom as never before!

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own – Oh, boy! Let’s be honest here: how many family members do you have that hate when you do well? How many so-called friends can you name who run away from you when you prosper and are doing well? Yet, these same folks seem to cluster around you when you are having a bit of a hard time and offer advice that THEYwouldn’t even take. Hopefully, you are very excited when others do well. If not, change that dynamic! I have noticed in my travels that there are very few who are enthusiastic when I succeed; even though they indicated they would be beforehand. Again; let these people go! Do YOU!

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others – Now, I have to bring up the Bible for this one. Remember that little scripture that talks about removing the log from your own eye before you consider removing the splinter from someone else’s eye? Well, that’s what this part of the Optimist Creed is talking about. We spend so much time criticizing others, we have no clue that we need to do some things in our lives to improve US so we can move to the next level and perhaps help someone else out!

OK, I’ve talked about only 5 of the 10 elements of The Optimist Creed. Please check out the rest of them at www.Optimist.org. You will be glad you did.

Hey, just want each of you to know that I really appreciate you. Thanks for reading! Please share this post with others!

God is faithful! The Drill Sergeant

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