It was a joke I heard a long time ago. Two brothers were studying in a school far away from home. Without parents’ supervision, they did not study seriously and finally failed in the examination. Then, the younger one wrote to their parents, “my elder brother failed in the examination, and me…… um, I could not pass.” I guess “could not pass” was less negative than “ he failed”. Parents were angry with the elder one, and the younger one was narrowly spared. I do not know how much truth was there in the story.
The bottom line is that, any negative information can be presented in a less negative (or positive) way, without changing its meaning. We can extend this approach in our day-to-day communication, in appreciating any project that we are in, in fighting any market situation that is not favoring us, or in grieving for departure of a key executive in the middle of good days. It is not the end of the world, these are just a few things that would give you some windy days. So there is no reason why we should bog down ourselves with negative ones, and cannot come out with positive thinking to overcome the situation. As the founder of the Ford Motor once said, “If you believe you can, or if you believe you cannot, probably you are right.”