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 centre 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 test papers and started reading each one of them out loud, in front of all students.
All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the centre of the sheet.
After all had been read and the classroom was silent, the professor started to explain:
“I am 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 focussed on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives.
“We have a white piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots.
“Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see everyday….
“However we insist on focussing only on the dark spot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend, etc.
“The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the one that pollute our mind.
“Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
This gives a few things to think about in our lives. Sometimes it is the simplest of stories that make us ponder the most.
We have thirty two teeth in our mouth, but if we lose one tooth, our tongue will keep going into the gap created by the missing tooth ignoring the remaining thirty one teeth.
So also we have plenty in our lives to thank for, for which we never express our gratitude, but we keep on cribbing and complaining about a few things that we may lack in our lives.