Posts tagged: pessimist
Brother Su’a spoke of a girl in his seminary class that he taught. at the beginning of the year he would be friendly and try to shake her hand, but she’d walk right past him. He tried to develop a good relationship with her, but she wasn’t enthusiatic about about anything.
One day, she came in with a green notebook, and while he was talking she’d open it, write something, and close it again. This was the most she had done anything in the class.
After a while, she became happier. She smiled, she participated, and she’d even shake Brother Su’a’s hand. He was astonished at the transformation in her attitude.
He pulled her out of class one day and asked her what happened. She didn’t understand. He tried explaining something happened, but she thought there was no change. Then he mentioned the green notebook.
“Oh, my Gratitude book?”
“Yeah! Tell me about it!”
“Well, one time for family home evening my dad told me I had a bad attitude. Wait… did you think I had a bad attitude?”
“So tell me more about the book!”
“Well, he told me to write down all the things I was grateful for, even the small things.”
If you have a tough time being positive and such, I’d suggest doing what this girl did. Have a gratitude notebook, and write down every single thing you are grateful for. See if it changes your perspective on life.