The Black Dot

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to  prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for  the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the  text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked his  students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were  no questions…just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor  seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following:

“I want you to write what you see there.”


The students confused, got started on the inexplicable task.

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and  started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students.  All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to  explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc. After  all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain:

“I am not going to grade on you this, I just wanted to give you  something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the  paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our  lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus  on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and  care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself  everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood,  the miracles we see everyday…….

However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health  issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship  with a family member, the disappointment with a friend etc

The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.

Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.


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