What catchy, captivating thing can I say?
How can I encourage you to look at life, at your life, on a frequent basis?
To find the good that is in you and in life, and to add more to both?
Good is in us. Good is in you, and it's in me. Good is all around us, waiting to be discovered, created, found. That which is less good, situations and things and, possibly, people, that we might consider bad, are also likely in our experience. You may be acutely aware of some bad or evil this very minute. Let me assure you, however, allow me to proclaim, here and now, that good predominates. That good predominates even if it doesn't in a certain moment or day or year look like it does.
I am convinced, that by our thoughts and actions, we can experience more good.
That we can personally experience a good that is not for ourselves and our kin alone but also for others and the planet.
I am not suggesting that life is, or can be, or perhaps even should be, completely trouble-free. Sometimes difficulties, even tragedies, occur. And on normal days, sometimes inconveniences occur. I took the photo above on a day I was running late for work. I got stuck in traffic. The day was beautiful but instead of being happy about it I dreaded that I had to work. All day. Inside. On top of that, though the traffic light was green, the cars in front of me weren't moving,.
It is just in these moments, however, just then, smack-dab in the middle of my life, that I have a choice. I can jump onto a train of complaint. I can think and/ or say "Life sucks!" or "I'm so tired." I would not be wrong in thinking these thoughts. Few, perhaps no one, would blame me (or even know). Life does suck if one looks at only its issues and difficulties. It can be very hard sometimes. I am so tired of doing things I don't want to do. Of not having things always go my way.
Or. Or, or, or. Or I can find and bask in the good that is present. It was a beautiful day. I was alive. I had my health, I had both a means to go to work and a job to go to. And the clouds in the sky were magnificent! The photo has not been manipulated. The colors were even richer than pictured. If I hadn't been stopped at that green light for so long, I probably would not have noticed them. I would probably not have been aware of how green the trees were. I would not have reflected on how glad I am that trees are like lungs, exhaling air that's good for us to breathe.
Choosing the second, the or, finding the good that is currently present in our lives all the time is not always easy. Sometimes, even now, I choose not to. I don't want to give up my right to feel bad. To give up my right for self-pity.
But usually I do find the good. I have trained myself to habitually look for it. When I seek, I find. I have even learned how to create good. In calling out what is working, in making the good that does exist in my life tangible, my attitude changes. I turn, sometimes gradually, sometime gracefully, sometimes directly and rapidly, from resentful to grateful. I am not successful every time, or day, that I try it; but, in general, I am, more and more. I find myself calmer, more peaceful, more hopeful, more powerful, more joyful as a result.
I don't know what kind of life you want to live. I know I want to to live a life that is full and robust. One which had a sturdy foundation of joy. One where I am happy often. I have found this can and does happen in my life. I think it can also happen in yours.
Our perspectives make a difference. Perhaps the difference.
I write LukeyoutheU for me. It gives me satisfaction and energy to write about what I experience and know. I greatly hope it also assists you. Helps you to better know and love yourself. Others. Life.