Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Good News, Bad News

Luke: "I have good news and I have bad news."

Me: "What's the good news?"

Luke: "The good news is I have blue chalk" he says, showing me the piece of broken sidewalk chalk in his right hand.

Me: "What's the bad news?"

Luke: "The bad news is I have purple," he said, displaying the purple chalk in his left hand.

Guess the kid doesn't like purple. But that moment resonated with me. It's impossible to know what really is good or bad news, because bad things can spring from things that seem good at first, as well as the opposite. Without context or a crystal ball, news is neither bad nor good. It's just blue or purple.

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