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How to find happiness in black or white

How to find happiness

One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.
The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
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. At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud, 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.
After all the responses had been read, and the classroom was 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 focused on the black dot– and the same happens in our lives.
We have a piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift, and despite the day to day challenges, there are still many things to celebrate and be thankful for. However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spot.
Are you seeing all the white in your life? Or only the black?
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