A friend was so glad that he is alive whenever he hears his neighbour shifting furniture late at night. He drove his car to a police station and surrendered his driving license when he beat the traffic light while drink driving a few months ago. He shared that he was lucky that no one was injured as a result of his irresponsible behaviour.
By shifting the perspective to focus on the good thing in life, I view the occasional knocking of my floor (whenever my kids run or drop some stuff on the floor) by my neighbour as a musical orchestra, in sharp contrast to the daily frustration when I moved in this house 3 years ago.
Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic attitude she learned from her father.
The game consists of finding something to be GLAD about in every situation. It originated in an incident oneChristmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna's father taught her to look at the GOOD side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because "we didn't need to use them!"
With this philosophy, and her own sunny personality and sincere, sympathetic soul, Pollyanna brings so much gladness to her aunt's dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live. The Glad Game shields her from her aunt's stern attitude: ~~ when Aunt Polly puts her in a stuffy attic room without carpets or pictures, she exults at the beautiful view from the high window;
~~~ when she tries to "punish" her niece for being late to dinner by sentencing her to a meal of bread and milk in the kitchen with the servant Nancy, Pollyanna thanks her rapturously because she likes bread and milk, and she likes Nancy.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2014 21:35:21 GMT 7 by candy188