I do a lot of public speaking. I’m not talking about comedy shows (I do a lot of that), but motivational speaking. I share my story with schools, churches, service clubs, and more. I love talking about overcoming adversity, whether it is addiction, learning difficulties, or something else entirely. It makes me happy when I can have a small part in inspiring someone.
I”ll be honest and say that while I always enjoy these, there are times it’s just a “job”. There are times I’ve got to suit up and show up whether I feel like it or not, and, in the end, it IS always rewarding.
I enjoy all the various service clubs….Lions, Rotary, Elks, dozens of others, and I’ve always found them to be friendly, likeable folks who truly want to make the world a better place.
I was invited to share my story with the Downtown Indianapolis Optimist club a few months ago, and I can honestly say I’ve never been as warmly welcomed…nor have I been made to feel so much at home…as when I arrived. Warm handshakes, sincere welcomes, and more, and I just knew., somehow, right off, that something was VERY special about these folks.
I gave my presentation, and left feeling I’d made new friends. Then I got a call asking me to travel to a convention and give one, and then another. Each time, I felt that same warmth, that same spirit. Without pressuring me in any way, it was always made known that should I want to join, there would be a place for me.
And, in short, that’s how I came to be a part of The Optimist Club. Good people, doing good things. I’ve seldom felt so at home.
Take a moment and read the Optimist Creed. It’s awesome!
If you’re looking for a place to invest some time and make the world a better place, check out your local Optimist club. I don’t believe you’ll be sorry.