As tempted as we are to say "bad morning" to that irritatingly perky lady from accounting, we're pretty sure that's a bad idea...check out this video to find out why.
grapple with…[Child stood next to Death]
Why should anyone be positive, really? And so life went on for the residents of Gloom
County, with no one ever daring to look on the bright side of things…until one day…
Little Daisy Druthers…
…this whisper of a girl right here… [Daisy Druthers stood outside by her window]
… had a wild and crazy idea.
What if, rather than focusing on the bad and ugly stuff…she actually made an effort to
see the good things?
Like…what would happen if she were in a good mood all the time? [Daisy thinking about being in a good mood]
Would life be more…bearable? So…she decided to give it a shot.
That morning, as crabby Mr. Finkelstein passed by her house and grumbled out his typical [Mr Finkelstein walking past Daisy's house]
…Daisy responded with a “Good morning!” and then turned the corners of her mouth upward
rather than downward, just to, you know…see what happened. [Daisy smiling at Mr Finkelstein]
Mr. Finkelstein was caught off guard. “What’s so good about it?” he asked.
“Well,” said Daisy, “We’re alive aren’t we? And we get to walk through this big, beautiful
world every day, learning about the universe, asking the big questions and striving to become
better people with more fulfilling lives…I think that’s pretty nifty, don’t you?” [Daisy talking to Mr Finkelstein about life]
And Mr. Finkelstein…smiled.
He wasn’t sure if it was because of what Daisy said, or because her own smile was so
infectious… but he did indeed did smile.
And immediately he began to second-guess his own negative nature…
…and wonder if this little girl might have it right after all. [Mr Finkelstein walking down the road thinking about Daisy's positivity]
Daisy’s next encounter was with Grumpy Gus Gufferson, her next door neighbor who was
stuck in a job he didn’t like where he didn’t make much money. [Gus serving a customer at a fast food drive-thru]
She tried the same trick on him.
“What’s so good about it?” said Gus. “I can’t stand my job, and I barely make
enough to put food on the table for my family.
Why don’t you take your “good morning” and sh-…” [Gus angry at Daisy saying good morning]
“WHOA,” said Daisy. “Watch where you’re going with that. My ears are virginal.”
Daisy then went on to explain that, while Gus may not love his job…at least he had
a job. That was more than some people could say. [People holding signs outside Gus's fast food restaurant asking for jobs]
And times might be tough…
…but at least Gus had a family. And they were all in good health, minus the grumbly [Gus at dinner with his family]
bellies. And they loved one another…and wasn’t that all that really mattered?
Well, Gus thought that was…a bit cheesy. But sweet. And well, totally true.
After all…it struck him…it’s all relative. [Gus crying]
Some down-on-his-luck fella might look at someone better off and bemoan his financial misfortune…
…while that better off fella might look at a really wealthy person and think he’s got it bad…
…while that wealthy woman might look at the poor guy and think, “he doesn’t have
my money, but what I wouldn’t give to have a loving spouse and darling children like he’s got.” [Wealthy woman moaning about not having a loving spouse and children]
Gus realized that nobody’s life is perfect, and we’re always going to look at somebody
else’s grass as being greener than our own.
The trick, he decided, was learning to find the silver lining in one’s own grass. [Gus pointing to his grass]
And he was right. Even if he was, um…mixing metaphors a bit.
Gus smiled back at Daisy, tipped his hat, and went back inside his house to remind his [Gus tips his hat and smiles at Daisy]
family how much he loves them.
And Daisy ventured out of the house…unaccompanied by an adult, which we can’t condone… [Daisy walking out of her house alone]
and went in search of other people with days she could brighten.
Good luck, Daisy. But seriously…look both ways before crossing the street… [Daisy crossing the street and man in a car drives towards her]