By Amal Hanif – 12-year-old student of Fajr Academy
and Umm Amal – Freelance writer
Do you know how negative thinkers think? How do they spin stories in their minds?
Well, here is a story of one such man called Paul.
Paul, a milk seller, needed to deliver his milk before 8’o clock, but his own motor bike had broken down. Paul thought: “I know, I’ll ask my neighbour, Simon, if I can borrow his motor bike. He’s a good man; I’m sure he’ll be glad to lend it to me.”
So Paul began to walk the three or four blocks to Simon’s house. After walking one block, Paul thought to himself: “I hope that Simon doesn’t have anything important to do with his motor bike this morning and he’ll be able to lend it to me…”
Then after a few more minutes of worrying and walking, Paul said to himself: “And what if Simon’s bike is old and on its last legs – he’ll never lend it to me, will he?”
Yet after another block, Paul said: “Simon was never a very helpful fellow anyway, so maybe he won’t be too keen to lend me his motor bike, even if it’s in perfect working order.”
As Paul reached Simon’s house, Paul thought: “Simon can be a mean old fellow. I know, even if he has nothing to do, and his motor bike is sitting there doing nothing, he’ll not lend it to me. Just watch me lose all my customers.”
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