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A story on Optimism

Updated on August 21, 2012

There was a time when I didn't know what ' Optimism ' really means . I went through the dictionary to get it into my head . Though I could memorize what it is ( the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds) , I was sure that I could never understand it in the real sense; until my mother read out a small story from a weekly she subscribed to . Here I'm going to share the same story with you . The essence of the story is -- " whatever happens, happens for good " . I'm sure that this story will rephrase the word ' optimism ' for you just as it did for me . So here's how it goes ...

There was a king who once went to the jungle for hunting . He was accompanied by one of his ministers . While the minister was trying to arrow down a peacock , he happens to hurt the king's index finger unknowingly .The king turns very furious . He decides to maroon the minister deep in the forest . Doing so, he starts off to his palace .

On the way , he encounters some tribal inhabitants . They immediately take custody of the king and prepare him for a ritual sacrifice . While just about to kill the king ,one of them notices the king's bleeding finger. He informs this to all his fellowmen . They then let the king go,saying that an incomplete life can not be given as a sacrifice to the God .

The king realizes that the mistake committed by the minister has now saved him . He goes back to the minister , narrates to him what had happened , apologizes and thanks him . The minister being very optimistic , says that its he who has to thank the king for marooning him . Bewildered, the king asks what for he is thanked ? The minister replies that if he had not been marooned by the king , the tribals would have killed him for being perfectly healthy .

Saying so, the minister concludes that there is always something good in whatever happens . Lets look at the better part of things .

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    • defenestratethis profile image


      8 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Wonderful story, and so true. There is always hope, always.

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      @ website examiner

      thank ya :)

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      Website Examiner 

      8 years ago

      Elegantly presented, what a fine story.

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      @ hollow

      thanks !

    • Hollow.Floods profile image


      8 years ago from Hyderabad, A.P, INDIA

      That was an impressive story .. pulled off well i have ta say ..

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      @ Shaan

      Sometimes it takes time to realize the good behind an event that seems bad for us ... and sometimes , the good goes unnoticed too .. but there is some good always .. I firmly believe in it .

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      8 years ago

      hey, the story was nice.....

      bt i don't believe in one thing.... u told tht whtever happens, tht happens for gud.. bt its not always true... coz sometimes something may happen which may not be gud for tht person concerned... so i think u cannot say tht watever happens, happens for gud.

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      8 years ago from India

      Nice Story sis. Thanks for bringing it to Hubpages

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      8 years ago

      nice story

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      @ Eileen

      Your welcome .. Spread the story

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Yes we could all do with a little more optimism, in all aspects of our life. Thanks for sharing that story with us.

    • Preethi Anusha profile imageAUTHOR

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      Thank you :)

      spread the story

    • Amber Allen profile image

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Preethi

      I love the story as it is a great illustration of how we should look to try to see good in everything.



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