Monday, June 06, 2005

Making the best of what you get!

If you do nothing else today please visit the website of my friend Keith Ready in New South Wales, Australia at the following link;

http://www.agiftofinspiration.com.au/index.shtml

Keith sent me this wonderful story in his regular e mail bulletin.

This is a story of identical twin boys.

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, as in Murphy's Law, was an optimist.

The worried parents of the boys took them to the local psychologist. He suggested to the parents a plan 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.'

The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

When they peeked in on their pessimistic son, they heard him audibly complaining, 'I don't like the colour of this computer. . I'll bet this calculator will break . . . I don't like this game . . . I know someone who's got a bigger toy car than this . . .'

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their optimistic son gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling. 'You can't fool me! Where there's this much manure, there has to be a pony!'

2 comments:

Rocky said...

I love the story. i think it only proves that some people are going to find the bad in every situation. no matter what you do for them or how you treat them they find the bad. the other side is those that will make something of nothing in every situation. unfortunately in this day and age there seems to be more of the pessimist. I think it is a real age of entitlement that we live in. people seem to think that they are owed something and tend to find something to complain about all the time. The best we can do is ally ourselves with the people that can find success in bags of manure.

Trevor Gay said...

I'm with you Rocky

There are some people who find a problem even when everything is wonderful.

There is the opposite person who finds hope when all seems lost.