Do you feel like you’ve been going through bad stuff?
Are you convinced that you shouldn’t have to deal with the mess you’re dealing with?
What you’re facing at the moment may stink . . . but that doesn’t necessarily change the circumstances.
One of my favorite motivational stories was first told by President Ronald Reagan.
The story concerns twin boys around six. Each of the boys had developed extreme personalities that worried their parents. One was a total optimist . . .happy, giggling all the time. . .while the other twin was a total pessimist, crying and whining about everything.
The parents were so concerned about the difference personalities in the twins they took them to a psychiatrist.
First, the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. "What's the matter?" the psychiatrist asked, baffled by his response. "Don't you want to play with any of the toys?" "Yes," the little boy bawled, "but I'll only break them or somebody may come take them away."
Next, the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist shouted with delight. Then the little boy climbed to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop of manure with his bare hands.
"What do you think you're doing?" the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. "With all this manure," the little boy replied, beaming, "there must be a pony in here somewhere!"