‘What the world gains from optimism’
Good afternoon, ladies, gentlemen, and honorable judges. Tonight I will be talking to you about what the world gains from optimism. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” I picked this quote because it was written by a very optimistic woman who changed lives for many. Helen Keller was blind and deaf, she had to learn to talk with her hands, and read braille. This quote shows that even through the dark times, optimism can help you reach your goals, help others, and lead you to a successful and happy life. Just like Helen Keller, my optimism changes my day, which affects those around me, and together we can change the world so it is a positive and peaceful environment.
First I will be talking to you about how being optimistic changes my day. Do you ever have a case of the Mondays? From personal experience, sometimes you sleep in and have to rush to get ready. When things like this happen, I will always tell myself that I will have a good day, I ensure that I have all my homework done, and that helps me have a better day. In addition sometimes I get nervous or start feeling anxious, but being optimistic or looking at the bright side can turn my day around completely. Recently I auditioned at the Blue Crabs stadium for a chance to sing the national anthem. When it was my turn, I freaked out. I forgot the words, but I still kept going and finished the song. I cried because I felt that I did terrible and wouldn’t get to sing. My mom and I had a talk and we were being optimistic and saying, “Well, it could have been worse. You could not have finished the song.” My optimistic outlook made my day more positive.
Next I will be speaking of how being optimistic can bring peace and hope to those around you. Sometimes you’re having a rough day or did not get enough sleep. It can ruin your day and you could get stressed out. That happens to my friends all the time. For example, one day we had a vocabulary
quiz, and I was helping a classmate study. She had her mind set that she was going to get a low grade on the test, but I told her that if she keeps studying, she will get a better grade than she thinks she will get.
Last summer I sang the national anthem, and when I was finished they gave be a Blue Crabs shirt. I saw a man in a wheelchair and walked over to him to give him the shirt. He then told me he had cancer. He loved watching baseball. He had terminal cancer and knew he was going to die but still went to do the things he loved to do. That night he was watching me and my friends playing during the game. He said that it made his night, watching me do the things I love. As he was talking to my family, they realized how optimistic he was. Even though he was going to die, he went out and did what he loved. He was being positive and changed my family’s perspective about some things.
Last but certainly not least, I will talk to you about what the world gains from optimism. I am sure you have all heard of random acts of kindness. If you have not, it is where you do something out of your way to help someone. If I do something nice for you, such as give you my umbrella on a rainy day, you will feel happy and want to do something for someone else. This act will keep spreading and soon more and more people will be happy, just like a ripple effect that spreads far and wide. For my mother’s 38th birthday, we went around and did random acts of kindness.
One of the acts was putting quarters in the dryers at the dry cleaners, or we went to a farmer’s market and passed out cold water bottles to the workers that were selling things. Every time we did a nice act it made me feel happy and put a smile on the people’s faces. Also for my sister’s 10th birthday, we made pillowcases for the little girls in Africa. The act that we did for her birthday shows that being nice doesn’t have to be locally.
In conclusion, I have learned that the way I look at things, my optimism, isn’t just about me. Optimism can spread far and wide and all over the world. Mother Teresa is known as one the “greatest humanitarians of the 20th century,” according to Biography.com.
She once said, “I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” My optimism is like that stone. It starts with me and then goes to others and soon it passes peace and happiness all over the world.
Riley Towne from Margaret Brent Middle School, is the winner of the junior division of the St. Mary’s County Fair’s speech contest.