“The average pencil is seven inches long with just a half inch eraser in case you thought optimism was dead.” Robert Brault
And in Europe, pencils are manufactured without erasers.
Talk about optimism.
No eraser even needed.
One interesting item is that pencils did not have erasers on them until one hundred years ago, because teachers felt they would encourage children to make mistakes.
If Brault is correct and that seven inches of optimism certainly overshadows one half inch of negativism then maybe we should view our approach to life in the same manner.
There will always be the “eraser” person in your life.
Always trying to negate or erase what positive approach you might bring to your surroundings.
Even having an “eraser” type person has a positive side.
The eraser will eventually be worn down to a “nub” while the pencil continues to write and write.
A truly optimistic person will see the bright side in the most negative situation.
A positive approach will always solve the problem where a negative approach, the eraser, will only attempt to make the problem go away.
The pencil will create where the eraser will try to cause that which was created to disappear.
Be the seven inches of optimism and not the half inch of a negative influence on all those around you.
By the way, memories, especially the sweet ones, can never be erased.