A man in a rural county down south was campaigning for a seat in the Senate. One rainy, miserable evening there was a knock on the door. A man he didn’t know stood outside, soaking wet. “I need help,” the man said. “My car is stalled down the road. Would you help me?”
“Sure,” said the candidate. When they reached the disabled car, the owner got in and turned the key. The car started up immediately.
“I don’t understand,” said the would-be senator. “There was nothing wrong with your car.”
The other man smiled. “I know, I also know that this state needs a good man up there in Washington,” he explained. “I just wanted to know if you were the kind of man I could vote for. Now I know. You’ve got my vote.”
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind” William James