“Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle.” – Dodinsky
Because evil exists in this world, bad things happen. There are crimes, death, destruction, persecution, suffering, and sadly more. But the truth remains that there is much more good in this world than bad. There is love, compassion, empathy, brotherhood, beauty and wonder, and so much more, and it is up to us where we want our focus to “dwell.”
Out of the sheer number of people that live on this Earth, more than several billion, I cannot begin to count the number of good acts of kindness I have witnessed. And unfortunately, few if any of these things are ever written about in the papers or seen in the news. On the other hand, the number of crimes and evils I have actually witnessed in my life are far and few. However, the papers and the news never miss a beat reporting on such things. This makes it more difficult for us to keep our focus on the good in life, and not the bad.
Life is filled with goodness–it is all around us, waiting for us to acknowledge it, to contribute to it, and to take from it. I see the random acts of kindness–the smiles, the door holding, and the shoulder to lean on. I witness fellowship and love–people who volunteer to help and get in the trenches.
We can attempt to avoid bad things all our lives, trying our best to not have the unpleasant aspects of the world leave a mark upon us, but we will be left backing away from life. And when we back away, we do so from the bad as well as the good, and that is a grave loss. Many of my greatest successes in life have come through learning from my failures. And if each day I can dwell on the positive instead of the negative, I will find my setbacks and failures to simply be learning tools upon the greater journey of life.
Look for the positive aspects of your day.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever had something that you thought was bad turn out to be good?
When does the need to avoid the bad outweighs the possibility of missing potential good things?
How can we strengthen our awareness to include more of the good things of this world?
For further thought:
“This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.” – Victoria Lincoln