Friday 4 October 2013

Pope Pollyanna

I was playing the Glad Game this morning.  I'd forgotten my mobile and was annoyed with myself for forgetting it and imagining all the important things I was missing, the texts and tweets and so many necessary things from the ether.  So I'm playing the Glad Game and googled Glad Game and found this quote from the book and I immediately thought of Pope Francis and what it is that he's trying to do with the world:

"What men and women need is encouragement. Their natural resisting powers should be strengthened, not weakened.... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out!... The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.... People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes—his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest!... When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good—you will get that..."

(Quote from "Pollyanna" by Eleanor H. Porter)

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