The Spirit of Positive Thinking – Part One

The Spirit of Something

RestartDo you remember this classic children’s story with its easy-to-grasp moral?  In the tale, a stranded train must be pulled over a high mountain.  Only the little blue engine is willing to try when other engines refused to face the difficult terrain.

This is how my mother read the story to me:

“I think I can,”   puffed the little locomotive, and put herself in front of the great heavy train.  As she went on, the little engine kept courageously puffing faster and faster, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”  As she neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, she went more slowly.  However, she still kept saying, “I – think – I – can, I THINK I Can, I – THINK – I – CAN!”  She reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went…

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