TWO SAILORS RAN INTO each other in a pub.
Over a few beers, one of the men told the other about his last
voyage: After a month at sea, he said, we discovered
our masts had been eaten through by termites! Almost nothing
left of them.
Thats terrible, said
the second sailor.
Thats what I thought at first
too, the first sailor said, but it turned out to
be good luck. As soon as we took the sails down to fix the masts,
we were hit by a squall so suddenly and so hard, it would surely
have blown us over if our sails were up at the time.
Thats exactly what I thought
at the time too. But because our sails were down, we couldnt
steer ourselves, and because of the wind, we were blown onto
a reef. The hole in the hull was too big to fix. We were stranded.
That is bad luck indeed.
Thats what I thought, too,
when it first happened. But we all made it to the beach alive
and had plenty to eat. But now heres the real kicker: While
we were on the island whining about our terrible fate, we discovered
a buried treasure!
As this story illustrates, you dont
know if an event is good or bad except
maybe in retrospect, and even then you dont really
know because life keeps going. The storys not over
yet. Just because something hasnt turned out to be an advantage
yet doesnt mean it is not ever going to.
Therefore, you can simply assume
whatever happens is good.
I know that sounds awfully airy-fairy,
but its very practical. If you think an event is good,
its easy to maintain a positive attitude. And your attitude
affects your health, it affects the way people treat you and
how you treat others, and it affects your energy level. And those
can help pave the way for things to turn out well. A good attitude
is a good thing. And a bad attitude does you no good at all.
So get in the habit of saying Thats
good! Since you dont know for sure whether something
will eventually work to your advantage or not, you might as well
assume it will. It is counterproductive to assume otherwise.
Think about it.
If someone ahead of you in line at a store
is slowing everything down, say to yourself, Thats
good! They may have saved you from getting into an accident
when you get back in your car. Or maybe because you slowed down,
you might meet a friend you would have missed. You never know.
The truth is, life is uncertain. And even
that can work to your advantage.
When something bad
say to yourself, Thats good!