This is an old story about a king in Africa who had a close friend during his growing up years.
The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that happened in his life and remarking, “This is good.”

One day, the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. Usually the friend would load and prepare the guns for the king, but this time round, the friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, which resulted in the king’s thumb being blown off after firing it.
Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual: “This is good!”
The king then angrily replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. There, cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to it.
As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So they untied the king and sent him off.
As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. Upon reaching home, he immediately went to the jail to speak with his friend.
“You were right,” he said. “It was good that my thumb was blown off.” He then shared with his friend all that had just happened. “I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”
“No,” his friend replied. “This is Good!”
“What do you mean, ‘this is good’? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”
“If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you.”

 

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Everything in this world happens for a reason; no matter whether it is good or bad, positive or negative.

As mere humans, we may not be able to foresee what lays for us in the future. We may not be able to change the situation right in front of our eyes. And the effect may stretch for a few months or even as long as ten years.
But we face them with a smiling face and a positive mind; for no one, not even God, can diminish the Hope in our heart.
“Life is just like a mirror: smile to it and it will smile back to you.” – If you don’t initiate the smile, the positive thinking and holding hope in your heart, Life will not be able to do the same to you.

“The door may close, but there will be another window open somewhere else.” – If you don’t have the positive thinking, the hope to seek for another opening, you won’t be able to seek the window even it opens right behind your back.

 

 

 

 

 

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