A dose of optimism for employees

This week’s story focuses on optimism in the face of adversity.

Hiker with backpacks reaches the summit of mountain peak. Succes

Communicators, we know your employees are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. Consider sharing an inspirational story or anecdote that offers perspective, like one below. If nothing else, it’s a minute breather in an otherwise stressful day. Share your favorite inspirational story with me at Roulaa@ragan.com or below in the comments.



Two campers on a mountain were awakened in the pitch-black night by a thunderous voice that commanded them to pack up, walk to the nearest river, and fill their backpacks with the stones they found. “Never return to this mountain again!”

The frightened friends did as they were told. At the river they gathered as many stones as they could. Then they walked for miles until, exhausted, they set up camp again and went to sleep.

When they emptied their packs the next morning, they found that the stones they’d gathered were actually precious gems—diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and more.

The first man said, “This is the saddest day of my life. I could have gathered twice as many stones.”

“No,” said his friend. “This is the happiest day of my life. Look at the wealth we’ve just won by taking advantage of an opportunity in front of us.”

The moral: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


—Taken from Bits & Pieces



One Response to “A dose of optimism for employees”

    Michael says:

    Can you provide the GPS coordinates for the “optimism in the face of adversity/Follow the Opportunity” mountain? I’d like to backpack there after I buy a larger backpack. 🙂

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