Positive Thinking

Three men set out on a journey. Each one carried two sacks - one around their necks and one on their back. The first man was asked what was in his sacks. “In this one on my back,” he said, “I carry all the kind deeds of my friends. By doing so, they are out of sight and out of mind, and I don’t have to do anything about them. They’re soon forgotten. This sack in front carries all the unkind things people do to me. I pause in my journey every day and take these out to study. It slows me down, but nobody gets away with anything.”

The second man said he keeps his own good deeds in his front sack. "I constantly keep them before me,” he said. “It gives me pleasure to see them.”

“The sack on your back seems heavy,” someone remarked to the second traveler. “What is in it?”

“That’s where I carry my mistakes,” said the second man. “I always keep them on my back.”

The third man was asked what he keeps in his sacks. “I carry my friends' kind deeds in this front sack,” he said. “It looks full. It must be heavy,” said an observer.

“No,” said the third man, “it is big but not heavy. Far from being a burden, it is like the sails of a ship. It helps me move ahead.”

The observer added, “I notice that the sack behind you has a hole in the bottom. It seems empty and of very little use.”

The third man replied, “That’s where I put all the evil I hear from others. It just falls out and is lost, so I have no weight to impede me."


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