“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
– Neil Gaiman
Happy New Year!
Traditionally a new year begins with the excitement of making goals, resolutions and promising to be a better version of ourselves. I’m no exception. I’d like to lose a few pounds, declutter my garage, and plan for that next “Trip of a Lifetime”.
I’m like any other person- wanting to make a better life for myself and those around me. However, sometimes fear, disguised as discomfort, keeps us doing things that are “safe”- i.e. doing things the way that they are always done, “If -it-ain’t- broke-don’t-fix-it”, etc.
Then we become complacent.
Our District has a history that goes back over 50 years. In those 50 years, we’ve gained members and built clubs. We’ve had wonderful programs, and helped countless kids on their journeys to their greatness and mentored them on how THEY can contribute to our world and communities. We’ve also lost wonderful members and clubs. Most people say that it is the changing times and people prefer to do projects instead of going to meetings. That may be true in some instances, but not all.
So I ask the question… Is our District the BEST version it can be? Have we become complacent in accepting the status quo? Do we leave that
work to the other Optimist members, or do we take the time to share what we have with others?
Status of the District… as of this writing, we have 24 adult Optimist clubs, with 847 adult members. We have 20 thriving Junior Optimist clubs. Is that enough to help the thousands of kids in our community to realize THEIR dreams?
I took this job to perpetuate the work that our past Optimist members envisioned. A local organization that gives the normal kids an opportunity to become extraordinary adults. My New Year’s Goal? To make as many mistakes as I can! I want to try new things, to go in a different direction than the masses. I know that I am going to make missteps along the way, but I know I don’t have to be perfect, or always do things the same old way. Optimism gives us the insurance policy to press on to the greater achievements of the future, all the while forgiving and forgetting the mistakes of the past.
Happy New Year, my dear friends! My hope is that you embrace 2018 with love, friendship, and a renewed sense of vigor to make a difference in your world and ours!
With love, Governor Lynn