A young man in the country needed to mow his grass before the weekend, but his own lawn mower had broken.
“I know. I’ll ask Mr. Hollis, down the road to borrow his mower. He’s a good man. I’m sure he’ll be done with his yard by now and he’ll be glad to lend me his.”
So the young man began to walk up the road to Mr. Hollis’ farm.
About half way the young farmer says to himself, “I hope that Hollis has finished all his own mowing or he won’t lend it to me.
Then after a few more minutes of worrying and walking, he says to himself, “And what if Mr. Hollis’ mower is old and on its last legs? He’ll pitch a fit about lending it out.”
As he continues to walk, he says to himself, “That old Hollis was never very helpful, I bet-cha he won’t be too happy about lending it to me even if it’s working just fine. I bet he’s even done with all his mowing and will tell everyone how he is helping his poor young neighbor who can’t afford his own yard equipment.”
As he arrives at Mr. Hollis’s farm and thinks to himself, “That old Mr. Hollis can be downright hateful. I bet even if he’s got all his yard work done, and his lawn mower is sitting there doing nothing, he won’t lend it to me, just out of spite”
He walks up Mr. Hollis’ front path, knocks on the door, and he answers.
“Well good morning son, what can I do for you?” says Mr. Hollis.
The young man says, with eyebrows raised, “You can take your stupid lawn mower and you can stick it up your you know what!”
Sometimes we mentally beat ourselves down before we even give ourselves a chance to succeed. Before Paul J. Meyer passed away he considered himself an “Inverted Paranoid”. He would imagine everyone in the world conspired to help him succeed and do only good things to make his journey easier. What’s crazy is that his attitude encouraged others to do just that.