For there is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so

William Shakespeare

A little boy called Andy was asked to audition with his classmates for a part in the school play. His mother knew that Andy had his heart set on being in the play and she feared how he would react if he was not chosen.
On the day that the parts were awarded, Andy’s mother went to the school to collect him feeling anxious about the outcome.
Seeing his mother, Andy rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. ‘Guess what Mum’, he shouted. Then, with words that can provide a lesson to us all, he said, ‘I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.’


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