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2021 What makes Manningham Rotary Optimistic?

In September 2021, we visited the Rotary Club and asked their members "what makes you optimistic?"

What makes us Optimistic?

Ian Goldsmith: "What makes me optimistic? I think it's the opportunity to wake up every day knowing that you've got a chance to change lives, either through Rotary or, in our case, through the Bendigo Community Bank. Or, in my case, specifically, working in aged care. So we have that amazing opportunity every day to affect people's lives, and I think that's fantastic."

Sylvia: "I'm probably not naturally optimistic, and I think I have to try really hard to be... But I think for me, you pick my lipstick. I love to get up every day, and I'm on Zoom, and I've always put lipstick on. My girlfriends go, "That's our start to our day." We like to feel good, put on our lipstick, and that's just the start to our optimism. As long as you've got good lipstick on Zoom, you're fine. But for me, it's about adding value to life, my family, my work, my friends. I love to add value. I'm the person that everyone turns to, and I give advice to everyone. So, I'm that home person, that homebody. So, I love that. Yeah."

Wally: "I enjoy life to the fullest, and I'm a dreamer. I dream up all ideas and some of those things I put into action, and people say, "It's not going to work." I said, "You don't know me. I'll make it work." And it does work. And I've been in the people business for a long time as a Christian minister for religion. So, some of my ideas, the congregation's got behind me, and it works, and I enjoy life."

Tony Monley: "Okay. So, I've had the privilege of spending most of my career with a leading multinational, and one of the leadership things that they taught us, part of the culture of that organisation was all about standing in the future and standing for something bigger than yourself. So, I've always taken that to heart. And that's something that really keeps me focused on optimism. But the other comment I'd make is that I was working on an IT project with this Italian fellow many years ago. And he used to have a saying that he'd say every time something went wrong, and I still use it to this day, and I use it with my boys particularly through these difficult times, and that is, "That this too shall pass."

Glenn: "Apart from having four grandchildren and one due in a week, one thing that comes to mind, I've always been optimistic, and I've always enjoyed life, but I can remember, I used to travel overseas, and whenever I was overseas, I used to say, "I wish I were home." And when I'd come home, I'd say, "I wish I were overseas." So one day, I said to myself, "Stop wishing to be somewhere else. Just enjoy where you are." And ever since that day, I've found life has been great because I wake up now and say, "I'm not overseas, I'm home, and I love being here." And then, when I'm overseas, I say, "Great. I love overseas. I'm happy to be here."

Merv: "I don't really know what makes me optimistic. My whole working career, I've loved everything I do. Rotary, I've been in that for too many years to remember. The friends that you make, and over all of that, my very optimistic wife."

Jeff: "I get a kick out of community and what we can do within the community, both with Rotary and also the Bendigo Bank. But your point about grandchildren, grandchildren are really great because they've got a resilience and an innocence about them that is not negative. It's positive. And it's a great environment to be involved with, your grandchildren or your own children. So, Victor, that's what I do these days. I no longer own corporate. I'm now 77 years old, and I realised the point you made earlier that as you get older, and as you begin to understand that it's not all about you, it's all about others, that you become a better person."

David: "I'm optimistic because I really do enjoy travelling, travelling the world since I was very young and meeting people and finding new opportunities. And in each of those opportunities, there are usually great people that you perhaps didn't really realize when you first got in there. And so, I just enjoy meeting so many people and having such a good time."

Malcolm: "I think if I've done something particularly well or met a new challenge, that gives you the buzz to think you can go on and do the next challenge."

Darryl: "Apart from enjoying my family, I have a large circle of friends and enjoy managing several children's programs. I'm involved with a 30-piece brass band with the Salvos, and I enjoy giving happiness to people."

Mitchell: "What makes me optimistic? I wake up in the morning. I look out over the valley. I think I'm pretty privileged. I have a great life. I work with a lot of young people. Young people are innately positive. It's what makes life better. I think older adults, and except our current members, but many elderly people or older people are a bit negative because they don't look at how privileged we are and the life we lead, which I think is pretty great. And I think the other thing too, which a lot of the members here have told me, and I'm finding out now, there's a lot of benefits to being a grandfather. I've watched my grandchildren smile almost every moment. Life is pretty good. And we are incredibly lucky in this country. Seriously. I mean, if you're going to choose any country, you're probably in the top 1% of the world. So, I reckon we live a pretty good life."

Gordon: "What makes me optimistic? Look, a lot like what Mitchell says. There's a lot that I'm really happy about what happened to me in my life. I think people have a default setting, and I think my default setting is to look forward with optimism rather than look back with regret. I think I got that from my mum. She's come through a lot of adversity, and I'm just happy for all the things that I've got. And I have a lot of optimism about humanity in general. We've shown over the years that we can solve problems and that skillset or that mass knowledge, amongst 8 billion people, it's going to solve a lot of our problems. So that's my optimistic outlook."

Dean: "What makes me optimistic? I have had a philosophy of 'tomorrow will always be better or 'look forward to tomorrow' throughout my work career. Learn from your mistakes and then put them into action. In my personal life, there is a hot-blonde, my wife who wears red lipstick, and taught me, "Stop living to work and start working to live."

Jenny Boymal: "What makes me optimistic? Well, everything makes me optimistic. I think we're really living in quite an exciting time and an exciting life. What makes me really optimistic is youth. I've got a teenage son, and I'm not sure why or how this has happened. Still, the way they're brought up, go through the education system, to be thinking about their impact on the future, their impact as a person, as a much more holistic person, rather than just focusing on your literacy and numeracy, which I think was my education experience much more. I think if they're, as young teenagers, thinking about the future now, what are they going to be like as adults actually implementing the crazy innovation and change that they're dreaming up? So, I think we're in for an exciting future."

Kathy: "What makes me optimistic?  A couple of things. First of all, my children, they make me feel optimistic, and secondly, just all the young people around the world that we see taking leadership roles on funny little issues and really big issues as well."

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