The story is told of a father who had twin sons. One son was an optimist, and the other son was a pessimist.

On the twins' birthday, while the boys were at school, the father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game.

The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.

That night, the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid all his new gifts crying bitterly. "Why are you crying?" the father asked.

Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all the instructions, they toys wil constantly need new batteries, and eventually all my new toys will get broken," answered the pessimist.

Passing by the optimist's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure.

"What are you so happy about?" asked the father. To which the optimist replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

--A Favorite Story of Motivational Speakers