Life support: WHAT WE SEE
- WHAT WE SEE
A long time ago a baby was born to poor parents. His future
looked bleak as he grew to see a life of dreariness and poverty
before him. He joined the army as a common soldier and was
wounded so severely that he never regained the use of his left
He later failed to find decent employment and, on two occasions,
was sent to debtor's prison. He continued to have brushes with
the law and struggled just to survive.
But, despite the severity of his life, he never let go of his
dream... to write a book. In it he told a beautiful story which
welled from heart's deepest dreams and yearnings and has moved
generations of people the world over ever since. It is about a
man who saw the world differently than everyone else. Though
created in suffering, it is an inspiring tale of irrepressible
hope. His story has been put to music and film, translated into
numerous languages and remains a literary classic after some 400
The author was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and the book, DON
QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA (1615; translated by P. Motteux).
Perhaps Cervantes was speaking for himself when he penned the
words for Don Quixote's epitaph:
"Nor has his death the world deceiv'd
Less than his wondrous life surpriz'd;
For if he like a madman liv'd
At least he like a wise one dy'd."
And perhaps it was Cervantes himself who believed, as did his
character, that the world "sees people as they are -- I see them
as they can be!" For Cervantes may never have accomplished such a
magnificent work had he not seen some potential within himself
that was hidden from the rest of the world. He knew, and has
taught others ever since, that great truth: what we see will
come to be.
Some see situations as they are, others as they can be. Some see
people as they are, others as they can be. And some see
themselves as they are, others as they can be.
But when we look beyond the present reality, dismal as it may
seem, and set our sights upon the best that is within a situation
or a human being, then, too, what we see will come to be. And
we'll know the power of hope.
~~~~~~~~~FROM THE MAILBOX~~~~~~~~~
WHEN LIFE GIVE YOU MANURE...
"The World's Most Communicative Disease" reminds me of a
There was a lovely couple who had twin sons. One, the eternal
optimist, the other, the eternal pessimist. The one found joy in
each day, his brother complained about everything.
Shortly before their sixth birthday, the parents sought out
advice on what to give the boys for presents. On the day of their
birthday, they took their pessimistic son into a room with all
the toys he had ever asked for and a real pony. Unfortunately, he
looked at all these gifts only to grumble, "I'll be done with
these games in just a few weeks. And that pony, what a mess it
The parents then took their second son into a room filled
with manure. The second son jumped right in, searching through
the giant pile calling out, "You can't fool me. With this much
poop, there's gotta be a pony in here somewhere!" ~ Debbie
Debbie, I don't recommend the parenting technique, but what a
good example of how optimism can enhance happiness. Thanks! ~
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