what is life exactly?


There 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, as in Murphy’s Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought 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 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!”

— Author Unknown

And so which one are you? Presents are a good analogy of how one thinks about things. Whenever someone gives you something, what is it that you look at? At the possible flaws of the present or something beyond that? Such as the thoughts put into it, or the effort put in, etc?
Personally, I am the happiest when someone put thoughts into preparing my present. It’s not the monetary value nor the visual that I care about most. Even if you give me the most ugly looking bear that is hand sewn by you, I’d treasure it as if it was priceless. “It’s the thoughts that counts” I always say. Really. Give that a shot, you’d realize how beautiful things are after that 🙂

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