Written by cycleguy on September 11th, 2016

Sunday I used this illustration. You may have heard it before:

Once upon a time there were twin brothers. One optimistic. One pessimistic. For the sake of understanding their differences, their mother enlisted the help of a noted psychologist.

The psychologist instructed her to put the pessimist in a room filled with various sizes and shapes of wrapped presents. The optimistic child was to be placed in a room filled with manure.

With this task done, the mother and psychologist visited the children to gauge each one’s response to his circumstances. They found the pessimistic child sitting among his presents, gazing at them in complete disbelief. When asked why he had not opened any, he simply stated, “They couldn’t possibly be for me!”

Moving on to the next child, they were a bit concerned to see no sign of him in the manure-filled room. They called for him, and his head emerged from one of the piles. When asked what he was doing, he answered, “With this much mess, there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Fanciful. Probably not true. But telling. You/I have a brand new week ahead of us. We can choose to make it a bummer of a week or we can choose to make it a week of good things.

Choose wisely.


13 Comments so far ↓

  1. Betty Draper says:

    Choosing brother a good week no matter the outcome…

  2. I’m thinking that story you shared was just a wonderful way to show how “neigh-borly” you are! 😉

  3. Pam says:

    Good story, Bill. And an excellent point!

  4. Great story, Bill, with a great message. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jeff says:

    Don’t you just love one line communication. Feels good and says nothing.

    • cycleguy says:

      If you are referring to the sentence “Choose wisely” I don’t believe it says nothing. Read the lines before it. We can choose what kind of day/week are going to have by choosing the attitude we want to face it with.