The Black Dot

The Black Dot: A Beautiful and Inspiring Story!

This beautiful story has a simple, yet important message. I hope as many people as possible give it a read. I know I am happy I read it, as it gave me a few things to think about in my own life. Sometimes it is the simplest of stories that make us ponder the most.

One day the professor entered the classroom and told the students to prepare for a surprise test.

They all waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin.

The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out he asked the students to turn over the papers.

To everyone’s surprise there were no questions, just a black dot in the center of the paper.

The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s face told them the following story.

“I want you to write about what you see there”. The students started on the inexplicable task.

At the end of the class the professor took all the papers and started reading each one of them aloud, in front of all of the students.

All of them, with no exceptions, tried to explain the black dot and its position in the center of the page.

After all of them had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain: I’m not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot- and the same thing happens in our lives. We have a white piece of paper to observe and enjoy but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God with love and care and we always have reasons to celebrate-nature renewing itself every day, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day.

However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spot-the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend.

About Dick Woodhull

Richard L. Woodhull Jr. was born and raised on a potato farm on the eastern end of Long Island in New York State. He went on to Graduate from Cornell University, become a Captain in the US Army, Army Aviator, flight instructor, Forward Air Controller in L-19 ‘Birddog’, Viet Nam Veteran and a commercial airline pilot with United Airlines for 34 years, retiring as a B-747 Captain. Dick established and managed a wholesale perennial flower nursery. Co-owned and managed a 200-unit apartment complex, and owned numerous rental properties. Captain Dick is a Church Elder, past Chairman of the Board of his church pre-school, Team Leader of Community Ministry for 85 to 90 people. He is married, has three children, three step children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. After 34 years flying for United Airlines, Captain Dick retired and moved to Port Charlotte and loves Florida’s west coast. Realizing he was not ready for retirement, he earned his Real Estate Sales License and has been an Award Winning Realtor® since 2002. Captain Dick is a people person, dedicated to helping you achieve your personal goals with as little stress as possible, and achieving the best possible outcome. He is trained and Certified as a Professional Life & Business Coach. This has enabled him to help others attain their personal and business goals. Captain Dick says, “I’ve had a lot of successes in my life, and a lot of failures. Guess which have been the most powerful and the most positive in getting me to where I really want to be? The failures! (it is only a failure if you quit!) I call them my stepping stones to greater successes. They have been opportunities to stop, and do things differently, with just that much more experience. My biggest inner success has been to take the time, introspection and study to determine what my true passion in life really is. The answer came clear through prayer and retrospection. I am happiest and most fulfilled when helping others achieve their goals. My Motto is: “My happiness is greatest when I contribute most to the happiness of others”. I get to live this every day, working with my awesome real estate team serving buyers, sellers and investors; working with my coaching clients helping them overcome pain, fear, sadness, self-limiting beliefs and truly start enjoying the life of their dreams; and many doubling their business income. I am happiest when I am coaching others and helping them achieve their personal, business and real estate goals. It is my passion. I walk with them while they take the steps toward living their dream life. I could be working for you. “ Captain Dick

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