One day a professor entered his classroom, and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desk for the task to begin.

The professor handed out the question papers with the text facing down, as usual. Once he had handed them all out to each student, he asked the class to turn over the papers and start.

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. Each trying to brainstorm and decode the puzzling question.

At the end of the class, the professor took all the papers, and started reading each answers out loud. One after the other, in front of all the students. All of them with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet. How little it was, its radius, thickness etc.

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 only focused on the black dot alone. And the same happens in our lives”.

“We have a white piece of paper to observe, describe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots”.

Our life is a gift given to us with love and care, and we will always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, we being alive, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day…

However, we insist on focusing on the dark spot – the health issues, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the economic situation, the disappointment with a friend and so on.

The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our mind and depress our hearts.

The lesson:

Take your eyes away from the negative situations or  perceived disadvantages in your life. Try focusing more the positive (which is usually larger). Only then can you gain enough joy, thanksgiving and momentum the overcome the little dots. STAY INSPIRED! 

Story: Pulse via LinkedIn