A book I enjoyed reading my daughter told the tale of a little boy who one day found a bit of money. Excited he took his riches to the toy store anticipating the difficulties he would have narrowing down his purchase choice.
The store’s proprietor gently steered him to two pair of glasses: one pink, the other black. When the young boy put on the pink colored glasses all was bright, cheery, exciting, fun. Donning the black, all became dark, sad, fearful, terrifying. The proprietor explained the young boy had an option as to how he viewed the world. The story ended with the young boy switching between the two pair of glasses while walking home.
The book itself was a delightful way to teach young ones the concepts of positive and negative, light and dark in terms of outlook. Taking that idea to the next level, the wearer would not need to alternate between two pair of glasses, but would have one pair (progressive or bi focal).
Albeit there’s a lot vitriol about how there is but one right and everything else is wrong. (Though there’s much loud debate as to whose right is the “true” right.) True there are certain “natural” laws, such as on our planet the law of gravity. However, there is rarely (if ever) the person who is pure evil or the person who is pure good. Likewise there is rarely a situation with not a speck of good, hope, or joy. Just as rare is a happy situation without a tinge of sorrow, despair, or bitterness.
Rather than take the rose colored/black colored glasses concept to the extreme, why not look through the glasses to find and acknowledge the counterpart. In dark, frightening situations look through the rose portion to find the bright, the hope, the cheerful. Perhaps that one spot, one spark, one glimpse will afford you the lift, energy, or hope you need to deal with the darkness so you get out of the darkness faster.
As for the rose colored, happy situations, take a moment to acknowledge and revel in the extra sweetness of knowing there is some dark within it. It makes the light all the sweeter.
The simple children’s story taught a profound lesson. There are many ways of looking at people, situations, circumstances. The story was less about changing “reality” or “dealing with” the situation at hand as it was about offering a tool to use to give yourself the courage, strength, and fortitude to deal with whatever comes your way (or is in your way).
Is there a children’s story in which you find deeper meaning?
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