I want to tell you a little story. It happened during my first year in college. I was sitting in my room, late one night, studying for a chemistry test.
Tests seemed to be a major part of my life in those days. I longed for time when I would never have to take another quiz, study for one more test or await results of final exams.
I took a break from chemistry book to reflect on injustices of life. The food in cafeteria seemed designed for nutrition and not enjoyment. The professors were unfair, so many projects, too much homework, too little time, too much this and too little that.
Shaking my head, I reached for a book a frien*d had dropped off day before, leaned back in my chair, and switched my attention away from studying, at least for a short while. I looked at title of book. It was "The Night They Burned Mountain," by Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley.
I casually flipped it open and thought I'd skim a few pages. My eyes settled on a sentence that was to determine, to a great extent, path my life would take. The words read, "It's better to light one candle than to curse darkness."
I looked once more at words. They seemed to burn into my mind. I closed book, went back to studying for another hour or so and then went to bed.
Before falling asleep, I looked at my professors in a different light. Instead of seeing them as demons intent on making my life miserable, I now saw them as dedicated teachers trying to impart their knowledge and wisdom to me. Perhaps cafeteria food was not so bad after all. Tests were there so that we could measure ourselves of today against ourselves of yesterday.
What Dr. Dooley said to me on that night long ago was this: Bring light into situation, don't berate darkness; be grateful for what you have, don't be angry at what you don't have; change way you look at events and events will change way they appear to you.