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.
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.