I read “Pollyanna” and was glad.

One of the wonderful things about holidays is that you can take a little time to read, recall and rejoice.

I found “Pollyanna”, the 1913 novel by American author Eleanor H Porter, on my kindle list; I recalled seeing the 1960’s Disney film with Hayley Mills when I would have been about 9 years old, and read the story last week for the first time. I remember the happiness Pollyanna brought to her community and then the tragedy that befell her and how she faced it.

Pollyanna has an unfailingly optimistic outlook; a subconscious bias towards the positive. Sure, it can be seen as overly optimistic and naive. But my take is that it is a reminder that innocence and naivety can bring joy … so let it. I think that there are many times we would enjoy life more when we find and utilise the “Pollyanna” within us.

Author: Yvonne Simpson

This blog shares my leadership journey and my passion for educating to lead.

One thought on “I read “Pollyanna” and was glad.”

  1. I read Pollyanna when I was young and from memory her positivity was like a ripple which spread in the community It is rather like smiling at strangers that you pass in the street You both feel better. You are acknowledging each other as people in a world where individuality is. Some times not cherished


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