Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Confidently doubtful


When Anil met me during the weekend, his first question was: “Are you still doing exercises? You seem to add more weight than reduce.”
“I will try skipping and see if I can trim down. Why don’t you start skipping too?” I asked.
“It is easier for me to skip skipping. Your optimism is admirable. Have you heard a story about optimist and pessimist twins?” he asked.
I blinked.
He shared a favourite story of American psychologist Dr Murray Banks.
There were two (twin) kids, an optimist and a pessimist. On their birthday, the pessimist was left in a room full of toys. The optimist was left with just horse manure. When the children woke up, the pessimist sulked saying, “My brother at the next room may be having better toys.” The optimist was smiling and exclaiming, “Where there’s manure, there’s got to be a pony!"
Yes, a pessimist is a person who says that O is the last letter in Zero, instead of the first letter in Opportunity.
Am I an optimist? I am confidently doubtful.

26 comments:

  1. Ramesh, you make a small little post so interesting..

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  2. Haha... a beautiful story with a beautiful message :)

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  3. Of course, you are an eternal optimist. :)

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  4. Middle of shifting houses buddy. Will be back full steam very soon. Keep smiling and making us all smile :):)

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  5. Rameshji, you are a great optimist..see you are going to TRY skipping;)

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  6. Lovely story Ramesh! It is always about the approach, isn't it?

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  7. Love the little snippets you always seem to have a generous stock of!

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  8. Hey Ramesh, very nice post! I wonder what I am ... pessimist or optimist? I lean more towards optimism :)

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  9. I too am an optimist!! I have saved all my old clothes because I am sure I will lose one day ;)

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  10. Ok now my thinking caps on.. Me a pessimist or an optimist???

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  11. You are too good with two "o"s in it...take is yours- Opportunity (without being an opportunist) or Zero (the beggining of all nos)...By the way love your post. It reminds me of that Tamil writer- Sujata.

    You r modern day Sujata! :)

    http://ektakhetan.blogspot.com

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  12. You seem to add more weight than reduce? Tell your friend its all muscle.

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  13. If you are not an optimist, then we need to change its definition. :)

    I have a doubt. Was there really a pony? Just wondering? :D

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  14. hii

    nice little story! btw I had read somewhere that -ve thinking causes stress which triggers panic-eating leading to weight gain :)

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  15. You definitely are a cheerful optimist!! nice post brother!! :)

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  16. Hmmm well well well now that is a good way of putting it up.

    Bikram's

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  17. Very Often, staying positive makes all the difference for one :-)

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  18. If you are not an optimist, who is?

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  21. confidently doubtful...two opposite words beautifully put together !! i shd me a optimist i suppose..

    beautiful post :)

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