Choosing What You See

As I shared on Monday, this month we’ll be talking about joy. With the topic we’ll obviously be spending a lot of time on joyful topics, but since joy, and it’s cousin happiness, are topics that challenge us, we’ll spend some time talking about some of the aspects of joy and happiness that we struggle with. Today we’re going to start off by dealing with the “what’s wrong with the world?!” statement you hear from people when they see something bad on the news or read about it in the paper. Let’s face it: there are plenty of things that are wrong with the world. If I felt the need to be depressed I’d list a bunch for you, but I don’t. I don’t like feeling depressed or facing the problems of the world even if I know they are there. Ignoring them won’t make them go away, and until everyone realizes how their actions impact others and choose to only help and not hurt, we’re stuck with them.

Joy and bad/evil are very opposite topics because you don’t usually find bad things where there is joy. But what if the reason that we don’t seem to have joy or happiness in our lives is because we’re too focused on the bad? It’s like when you’re thinking about purchasing a new car or just purchased a new car, you see that car everywhere you drive. There aren’t more of that car on the road all of a sudden, what has changed is you. You’re seeing different things, choosing to see different things, and focused on that car.

So what’s to say that if you choose to see the good rather than the bad things wouldn’t change? If instead of thinking the world was a bad place you thought the world could have potential, that there’s hope for a better tomorrow? Is it possible for one person’s choice to see the good and not the bad have an impact on the world around them? I believe so. Because one less person watching the news for the bad in the world is one more person choosing to see the world for the good in it. What will you choose to see this week?

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky

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