As I draw a close to the end of the year and head in to some well-deserved time off for the holidays, I’ll leave you with this lovely story. It’s a great analogy for organizing clutter, and the perfect way of saying that there IS light at the end of the tunnel.
Here it is:
A man had twin sons, Oliver and Pete. Oliver was an Optimist, and Pete was a Pessimist.
On their 13th birthday, their father gave Pete (the Pessimist) an expensive watch, a carpentry set and a bicycle. And Oliver’s (the Optimist’s) room, he filled with horse dung.
When Pete opened his presents he grumbled all morning – he hadn’t wanted a carpentry set, he didn’t like the watch, and the bicycle had the wrong kind of tires.
When the father went to Oliver’s (the Optimist’s) room, he couldn’t see Oliver, but he could hear the sound of frantic shoveling and heavy breathing – horse dung was flying all over the room. “What in heaven’s name are you doing?” the father shouted to Oliver. A voice came from deep inside the dung: “Well, father, if there’s so much shit around, there has to be a pony somewhere!”