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"TWO SIDES OF LIFE." (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART NINETEEN)
Booker T. Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, he was the dominant leader of American educational innovation and reform.
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Mr. Washington describes a winning approach to everyday life:
"I think you will find that you can separate life into two divisions—the dark side and the bright side, the discouraging side and the encouraging side.
I think I am right in saying that persons who accomplish the most in this world, those to whom on account of their helpfulness the world looks most for service those — who are most useful in every way — are those who are constantly seeing and appreciating the bright side as well as the dark side of life.
You will sometimes find two persons who get up in the morning, perhaps a morning that is overcast with shadows—a damp, wet, rainy, uninviting morning—and one of these persons will speak of the morning as being gloomy, will speak of the mud-puddles about the house, of the rain, and of all of the disagreeable features.
The second person, the one who has schooled himself to see the brighter side of life, the beautiful things in life, will speak of the beauties that are in the rain drops, and the freshness of the newly bathed flowers, shrubs and trees and will discover something in the gloomy morning that will cheer him.
Suppose that you see these same two persons eat their breakfast. Perhaps they will find out that the rolls are bad, but that the coffee is excellent. If the rolls are poor, it is a great deal better in such a case to get into the habit—a habit that you will find pays from every standpoint of being able to forget how unpalatable they are, and to let your thoughts dwell upon the good and satisfactory coffee.
Call the attention of your near neighbor at the table to the excellence of the coffee. What is the result of that kind of schooling? You will grow up to be an individual whom people will like to see coming near them - an individual to whom people will go for encouragement when the hours are dark, and when everything seems to be discouraging."
Are you talking about the bad rolls or the great coffee?
Yours in Coaching,
As a golfer I'm not one who cops the money;
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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