A certain author says that there is in every person an eagle and a rattle snake. The eagle wants to soar high above the clouds. He is eager to build his nest on the mountain tops, he is hopeful, cheerful, dynamic ad enthusiastic. Such a person perceives the world as good and strives to make it so. He has an innately sweet disposition, refined through careful cultivation of looking only for the good in life, and he finds what he seeks.
Then, there is the rattle snake, the crafty, deceitful snake which represents the darker side of life, one who considers life as empty, men as hopeless, situations tragic and circumstances diabolically against him. They complain, groan and sob at life. They are angry with everyone around them, and are against everything that is happening, opposed to every dream, unwilling to act, negligent in duty and remain buried in their own sorrows and defeats, They reach the end of their lives only to find a vast desert land of half-hearted acts and partial accomplishments.
People with a positive frame of mind hope for the best and look at the brighter side of things. They can expect lifelong happiness and success in their endeavors. But those who never expect things to turn out well can hardly achieve anything worthwhile in life.
Quote: “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns, the pessimist stares at the thornsm oblivious of the rose.” – Kahlil Gibran