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Second Innocence by John B. Izzo

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10 What’s Wrong with Rose-Colored Glasses?

We are all familiar with the old saying “He sees the world through rose-colored glasses.” Usually meant as an insult, it is a way of saying that someone is a bit too innocent, that he or she sees the world with too much optimism. The intimation is straightforward: Wake up and smell the coffee.

Some people see the world through other kinds of glasses— cynical glasses—and surely the lenses they choose color their experiences. When it comes to rediscovering wonder and innocence at work, few decisions are more critical than choosing your glasses.

My son, Carter, had a teacher in third grade named Mrs. Smith (not her real name). Two months into the school year we were called to her office for a “problem-student” ...

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