A young boy was walking past a shop one day and saw a sign on the window “Puppies for Sale”. He was very excited as he entered the store. “Please sir, your sign said you had puppies for sale, how much to you want for them?” he asked. The man behind the counter said, “Oh they will be sold for $40-$50 each”.
With that the young boy pulled a bunch of change from his pocket, counting it and he said, “Well I have $2.40 and I will pay to see them.”
“You don’t have to pay to see them”, said the man as he turned and whistled then yelled ‘Sadie, come”. A beautiful big golden retriever came running from the back of the shop with 6 bundles of fluff following her. Bringing up the rear the 7th puppy came slowly after his 6 siblings with a limp in his back leg. As soon as the little boy saw this puppy, he went over to it, picking him up gingerly and said to the shop owner, “I’m going to buy this puppy.”
The shop owner said, “Oh you don’t want that puppy”, the boy replied, “oh yes I do and I will pay you 50 cents a week until I pay for him.” The shop owner again said, “You don’t want that puppy, he will never be able to run around with you because of his leg.” The little boy reached down, pulling up his pant leg to show a large steel brace around his leg and said, “that’s okay I don’t run either.”
The way we each see the world is so different from the person who may be beside us looking at the same thing. There are so many factors that influence the way we perceive the world, what we have learnt from our parents, siblings, teachers, friends, the world around us and the people within it. Sometimes we think the worst of situations when others see only the positive.
I’m one of those that likes to look at things as a ‘glass half full’, I believe that any negative can turn into a positive, you just have to look at it in a different way. The little boy in the story above saw the positive in that little puppy, a puppy he would be able to keep up with and one that he could give all his love to. The shop owner only saw a dog that once grown wouldn’t be wanted by anyone.
Maybe we should all live as Wayne W. Dyer says, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”