Once Upon a time there lived twin boys who, aside from looking identical, were
opposite in every way. One was an eternal optimist, always able to look on the
bright side of life, while the other was a pessimist, who complained about everything.
One year for their birthday, their father conducted an experiment. He loaded
the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game; but the optimist’s room,
he filled with horse manure.
That night the father went to the pessimist’s room, where he found the boy crying
bitterly amid his new gifts.
?I have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff,?
complained the boy frowning. ?And I need a ton of batteries, too.?
After trying to comfort his son, the father left the miserable boy and walked
down the hallway to his brother’s room. Amazingly, this little boy was smiling
and dancing around the piles of manure.
?What are you so happy about?? the father asked.
The boy grinned. ?With all this manure, there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!?
The next time your child starts to complain, remind him to look for the ?pony.?
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