I was wondering about my attitude of hopeful optimism in the face of steep odds, and what’s behind it.
And while reading (for the n’th time) a story in the ‘Just William’ series (William, the Good), the penny dropped.
Richmal Compton’s 11 year-old hero William sets himself an “impossible” goal – to raise 8 and six pence for a shiny new set of cricket stumps… by evening!
All through the day, his increasingly desperate plans fail one after another, until by tea time, all he has is a penny.
And then comes the twist that’s made me an incurable optimist.
An opportunity lands in William’s lap. He seizes it.
He gets the 8s 6d needed for his stumps.