Why I’m Such An Optimist

I was wondering about my attitude of hopeful optimism in the face of steep odds, and what’s behind it.

And while reading (for the n’th time) a story in the ‘Just William’ series (William, the Good), the penny dropped.

Richmal Compton’s 11 year-old hero William sets himself an “impossible” goal – to raise 8 and six pence for a shiny new set of cricket stumps… by evening!

All through the day, his increasingly desperate plans fail one after another, until by tea time, all he has is a penny.

And then comes the twist that’s made me an incurable optimist.

An opportunity lands in William’s lap. He seizes it.

And voila!

He gets the 8s 6d needed for his stumps.

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