Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced an online mental health resource last week while also promoting the power of the Optimist Creed.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Manitoba is developing a service that will support residents dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues due to the pandemic. Pallister spoke frankly about his own experiences with depression and grief after his mother’s death.
That Christmas, his daughter gave him a framed copy of the Optimist Creed.
“It’s just words and thoughts, but words and thoughts matter in times like these,” Pallister said during the broadcast.
Christian D. Larson authored the Optimist Creed, which was originally titled “Promise Yourself,” in 1912. In 1919, James V. Westervelt, bulletin editor for the Optimist Club of Los Angeles, published the piece in his Club’s yearbook, after his wife spotted it published in a local newspaper. Larson’s words were distributed among various Optimist International publications, as it grew in popularity.
In 1922, Optimist International officially adopted Larson’s words as the Optimist Creed. The stanzas provide guidance to the organization’s mission and vision, and are repeated at the close of many Optimist International meetings and events.
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