President Reagan’s Favorite Story . . .
There were eight year old twins.
By the time they got to be eight years old, they were driving their parents crazy because one of the twins was down, depressed and negative, and the other one was positive, up and energized all the time.
Well, the parents finally decided to bring them to a child psychologist.
After a few sessions, the psychologist decided to do a little experiment.
So, when they came in, he took the negative boy and brought him downstairs, and in the room was ice cream, cake, candy, video games, rocking horses, everything an eight year old would want.
He said to the eight year old boy, “Why don’t you stay here and play while I meet with your brother?”
The kid walked off, sat in the corner, and sucked on his thumb.
The psychologist went upstairs and got the positive kid.
He brought him down the hall to this huge gymnasium, but there weren’t any basketballs and baskets.
There was just this huge mountain of horse manure that almost went to the ceiling.
He said, “Son, why don’t you stay here and play for half an hour while I meet with your brother?”
Almost instantly, the positive kid starting running up the mountain, rolling down the mountain, and within a few minutes, he was a total mess.
A half an hour later, the psychologist went down to see the negative boy.
He was still sitting in the corner sucking on his thumb.
They psychologist said, “Why don’t you have some ice cream, candy or cake?” “I might get sick.” “Why don’t you get up on the rocking horse?” “I might fall down and get hurt.” “Why don’t you play with the video games?” “I don’t know how.” “Well, why don’t you follow me? You might learn something.”
So, he went back upstairs to the gym, and the positive brother was still running up the mountain, rolling down.
The manure was in his hair, down his shirt.
It was a total mess.
When he saw the psychologist, he came running over all excited.
The psychologist said, “What in the world are you doing?”
The positive kid said, “Well, I figured with all this horse manure, there must be a pony somewhere.”
You see, it’s all about perspective.
Happiness is so simple and is really the purpose of all that we aim for in life.
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