A very special friend of mine shared this beautiful story with me and I just had to share it with all of you. It’s is a good lesson for all of us. After reading it I hope you think about things in your life a bit differently. As the author says “sometimes it is the simplest of stories that make us ponder the most”.
One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.
The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions – just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following:
“I want you to write about what you see there”. The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud, in front of all of the students. All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet.
After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain:
“I’m not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives.
We have a white piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots.
Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day…
However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationships with a family member, the disappointment with a friend.
The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they’re the ones that pollute our mind.
Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
Great words to live by. I thank my precious friend for sharing this beautiful little story with me. It’s just one more great reminder to live life happy and count your blessings….of which we have many.