The Optimist and the Pessimist
A father had 2 sons, one was an optimist and one was a pessimist. Each was an extreme. The pessimist was such a pessimist that life was difficult for him. The optimist saw the bright side of everything and the father was concerned that the child would have some serious problems as he grew up.
The father arranged to take both boys to a doctor. After a brief discussion with the doctor, he arranged for treatment the next day. The first boy to be treated was the pessimist. The doctor escorted him into a room filled with piles of new toys. Every kind of toy imaginable was in that room. The doctor told the boy that he was free to play with everything and enjoy himself for 3 hours. After leaving the pessimist in the toy room he escorted the optimist into his treatment room.
As they walked into the room the optimist said “This room smells funny.”
“That’s because it’s filled with horse manure.” The doctor told him. Now you stay in here for 3 hours and we’ll talk when I get back.
The 3 hours pass and the doctor and the father enter the toy room with the pessimist in it. The pessimist is sitting in a corner that he carefully cleared of toys and was sitting with his legs crossed with a scowl on this face.
“What’s the problem young man?” The doctor asked.
“If I played with any of these toys I would probably break them and my father would have to pay for them and then I would get in trouble so it’s better that sit here and wait for the time to be over.
The doctor looks at the father and says “This boy is hopeless, I can’t help him. Let’s go see the other boy.” They leave the toy room and go into the manure room to find the optimist. They open the door and expect to find the boy fighting to get out of the room, but that’s not what they find. The optimist is deep in the manure pile yelling “Yippie, Yahoo, Where are you?”
The doctor asks the boy “What are you looking for Young man?”
“With all of this manure there has to be a pony here somewhere.”
The optimist saw the bright side of a large pile of manure. We face large piles of manure at work frequently and we should all strive to see the bright side as often as possible. When you have a pile of manure to work with, just start looking for the pony. The people who follow you will appreciate your optimism. When you’re faced with an ugly pile of manure at work, you can usually find a challenge and an opportunity to excel. Get excited about the challenge and motivate your work group to help you find that pony.