Do you consider yourself to be an optimist? I sure think of myself as an optimist. Most of us would answer that question with an unequivocal YES. After all, it’s much nicer to be known as a positive person who sees the silver lining on every dark cloud. Nobody likes to hang out with Ms. Negative Nancy or Mr. Buzz Killington.
However, there are times when my optimistic self goes absconding, and I am overcome with doubts about every single thing that can go wrong. So I guess, that makes Optimism less of an attribute and more of a choice. A choice that we should make every single day as we go about our lives.
Today, I am sharing my favorite story on Optimism. Do read it all the way through, share it with your loved ones and spread some of that infectious optimism around.
The Optimist – Anonymous
This is a story of identical twins.
One was a hope-filled optimist. “Everything is coming up roses!” he would say.
The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy (Known for Murphy’s Law) was an optimist.
The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.
The psychologist suggested a plan to the parents to balance the twins’ personalities. “On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure”, he said.
The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.
When they peeked in on the pessimist, they heard him audibly complaining, “I don’t like the color of this computer . . I’ll bet this calculator will break . . . I don’t like the game . . . I know someone who’s got a bigger toy car than this . . .”
Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling. “You can’t fool me! Where there’s this much manure, there’s gotta be a pony!”, he cried out in joy.
Do you think Optimism is an attribute? Or do you think it’s a choice? Do you think that people can be optimistic ALL the time? I certainly would love to be an eternal optimist. However, for that I would have to go up a level or two (or more) in my journey towards Zen.
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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