Life is often discouraging. In fact, it sometimes gets so discouraging that we feel there is no hope of our ever being able to turn our lemons into lemonade. But Dale Carnegie proposed two reason why we ought to try, anyway—two reasons why we have everything to gain and nothing to lose:
Reason one: We may succeed.
Reason two: Even is we don’t succeed, the mere attempt to turn our minus into a plus will cause us to look forward instead of backward; it will replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts; it will release creative energy and spur inclination to mourn over what is past and forever gone.
Carnegie once recounted the story of Ole Bull, the world-famous violinist, who was giving a concert in Paris. The A string on his violin suddenly snapped. But Ole Bull simply finished the melody on three strings. “That is life,” said Harry Emerson Fosdick, “to have you’re a string snap and finish on three strings.”
That is not only life…it is more than life! It is life triumphant.
Dale Carnegie said if he had the power to do so, he would have these words of William Bolitho carved in eternal bronze and hung in every schoolhouse in the land:
The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool.
So, to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring us peace and happiness, let’s remember Dale Carnegie’s rule: When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.
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