The Black Dot

One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin. The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.

To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions – just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there.”

The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task. At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud, in front of all the students. All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet.

After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain: “I’m not going to grade you on 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 do – and the same happens in our lives. We have a piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots.

Our life is a gift, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself daily, friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, etc. However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationships with others, or the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they’re the ones that pollute our mind.

Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings and each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love.

Hat tip: Phil of Phils Phun
Image Credit: Mighty Line

56 thoughts on “The Black Dot

  1. Nancy Chan says:

    Thank you, Sandee for this post. At this age, I am focusing more on the white paper than on the small little dot. By doing so, I find that life is so good. My heart is filled with a joy that no one can take away and having an attitude of gratefulness. Have a beautiful day!

  2. Kismet says:

    I had a math professor who gave a verbal final. "Write down everything you know". Really, it happened. The time for the test was 90 minutes-I was done in five.

  3. Barb says:

    I am definitely a "the glass is half-full" kinda gal. An eternal optimist. I see the white space.

    And I want to paint it with lovely, soothing colors that make me happy. 😉

    big hugs xoxo

  4. messymimi says:

    Thank you. This is why i start each morning writing three gratitudes in my notebook, and end each evening with a post to a gratitude list on a forum. It's helping me focus better on the good.

  5. Paul Pietrangelo says:

    I think the rest of the world must start looking at the white part of the paper to understand what around them. Wonderful post today. Everyday you have a wonderful post. Thanks my beautiful friend.
    Have a gorgeous Tuesday Sandee. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Marg says:

    That is one terrific post and such a good reminder to concentrate on the good things we have in our lives which is very many in my case. What a good lesson for everyone. I like that a lot. Sandee, you and Zane have a super day. Saw your post on Facebook and it does take a long time to get over our loss of animals and you probably never will. Just remember all the good times. I think for myself, I just plain miss having a dog. They are just such great companions. Take care you two.

  7. Jean R. says:

    That would make a great Sunday sermon…and maybe it was. Either way, it's a great reminder that life is more than just the 'dark spots' in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

  8. cube says:

    Excellent post. It's a great lesson for us all. I'm definitely showing this one to my hubby. He's stressing about having too much work right now, but being self-employed, he hates to turn down any work when it presents.

  9. Allison says:

    I haven't heard this story before. Good one!

    For whatever reason, I have always been the "the glass is half-empty" person. It takes work for me to think about the positives. My husband is helpful in this regard. He's generally a happy person.

  10. Tony McGurk says:

    Wise advice indeed. I remember we had a sermon about judging others at church once using the same illustration. They used the black dot as representing people's faults & the paper as representing the complete person. Most of us focus on the small insignificant dot rather than the good that we can see in other people

  11. Jennifer Humphries says:

    Awww that is sweet. Although if I had been in the class I would have wrote a fictional story about my new best friend named Dot, just because that would have been fun. For me at least 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am going to unplug for the next few days and spend time with family!

  12. Ann says:

    An excellent lesson and I even saw myself in there considering I've been focusing more on the people at work who make my life unpleasant instead of on the ones who make things seem not so bad.

  13. "Annie" says:

    This is so true ! I love this post. Thanks Sandee for this post, and all of the uplifting joyful posts on Comedy Plus.

    Have a super duper great day!

    Huge blessings and "Big Hugs" to you-


  14. Rocks says:

    What a great lesson. Sometimes I do that, focus on the not so good things and forget all about the things I should be thankful for. Very timely reminder.

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