What will you find today?

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Winston Churchill

Good morning! Often when I speak or tour I am asked the “secret” to my positive outlook and attitude. People learn of the life challenges I have had and wonder, “How do you greet each day with such hope and optimism?” I discovered this anecdote about Socrates and felt that it spoke volumes about the answer to that question.

Socrates was sitting outside of the gates of Athens when a man came up to him and said, ‘I am thinking about moving into Athens. Can you please tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man quickly roared, ‘Oh, it was awful. The people stab you in the back and rob you blind. I am not leaving any friends, only enemies.’ Socrates frowned and sadly continued, ‘Well, you best be on your way because you will find the same thing here in Athens.’

A little while later another man stopped to speak to Socrates and inquired, ‘I was considering moving here to Athens. Can you tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates again replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man smiled and said, ‘Where I come from the people all work together and help each other. Kindness is everywhere and you are never treated with anything but the utmost respect.’ ‘Welcome to Athens,’ smiled Socrates,’ You will find the same thing here.’

Your Turn:
What do you expect to find today? Good, bad, or indifference? Watch how your expectations match your results.

Affirmation: I expect to find the best everyday and actively move toward it.


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What will you find today? — 1 Comment

  1. What other choice is there? I have have many trials in my life but I am a survivor and my life reflects that. I see happiness and joy where others often see anger or dispair. I know that not every day is a cakewalk but I try to find the lightness: say hello; smile. I believe that every day is a gift and even though I squander some of them, most are truly wonderful. I have a liver transplant (11 years out) and an ileostomy – things that could defeat someone else but me- more years to spend with my grandchildren, children and husband. God has been good to me and my optimism is a direct result of that.

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