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Horse S _ _ T

By on Jul 17, 2013

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Today’s issues are a lot more complicated than those of the past. We need only look at the evening news to get a glimpse of the world in shambles: limited resources, contempt for our fellow man, abuse of power and money. And yet, some would say that we’ve found successful ways to manage and improve upon those challenges: improved food and water technology, peaceful demonstrations, implementation of more restrictive laws. But what’s the difference between those of us that believe that the world will never get better, and those of us that do?

This morning I came across a funny story about pessimism and optimism. I won’t attempt to explain it because… well…I’d probably over think it. But, what I can say is that it affirms that the core difference between pessimism and optimism is a little thing called hope. 

Here goes it…

Pessimism Vs. Optimism
In order to better understand people’s views of the world, a researcher once placed two children, one a pessimist and the other an optimist, alone in separate rooms.

The pessimist was placed in a colorful room full of all kinds of imaginative toys…the optimist was put in a room filled with horse manure.

The first child played in the room for a little while, but soon came to the door asking to leave because the toys were boring and because they broke too easily.

Likewise, the young optimist soon came to the door…but rather than asking to leave, she asked for a shovel.

Of course, the researcher asked the child why she wanted a shovel, to which she replied, “With all this manure around, I know that there must be a pony in here somewhere.”
– Unknown

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Where do you get your social cues from on any given day? Are your feelings dictated by peers, circumstances or do you withstand challenging situations with a smile? Do you still maintain hope even when you feel like you’re surrounded by horse s _ _ t? 

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