Thursday, April 25, 2013
Because of my son's high scores on a test a college wrote us and suggested our twelve year old boy might be invited to study in a special advanced program for three weeks in the summer. I was very excited and immediately called his counselor.
She responded by telling me not to expect him to be invited. "Only very sophisticated children can leave home and study in a college far away from home. etc. etc. etc." I knew she was wrong but I just let her continue with her negative stance.
I knew my son and knew he could do it. Sure enough he scored high enough on another test that qualified him to attend the college. I never considered her opinion. Nice lady that she was, I had better information about my son in my possession than she would ever have.
And I believed in him and knew he would succeed. And he did.
So I suggest...if you know you can do something don't let anyone dissuade you. Good luck.
I had a friend who seemed to always be happy, always smiling and was pleasant to everyone. Hmmm I thought...doesn't she ever have any problems? Doesn't anything ever make her unhappy?
Then one day I knew of something that came into her life which was not pleasant. And yet, when I saw her she was smiling and pleasant as ever. It came to me then, the answer to my question.
It was not that she didn't have problems. She knew how to deal with them and then continue with her life. Her happiness came from within, not from without. It was a good philosopy.
Since that time I have read other accounts that stated the following: It is not what happens to you that determines your happiness; it is how you deal with what happens to you.
So I choose to be happy.