Do you think that we are wired to find fault in others or to be critical of situations where we are not in control? Maybe it’s just our human nature to constantly improve our environment: we need to see what is wrong in order to fix or improve. What do you think? It does seem that our world is hypersensitive or overcritical right now. I wonder why?
Recently, I came across a quote attributed to Joan Chittister:
“Hope is not a matter of waiting for things outside of us to get better. It is about getting better inside about what is going on outside.”
This shift from outward judgment to inward reflection might be important as we move forward in our lives together.
|What is your outward and inward focus?|
(Photo credit: Tiny Buddha)
Maybe it’s a matter of both reflecting backward and hoping forward that allows us to get beyond the barriers that limit us from moving beyond our self-constraints. It’s like being in a moving vehicle: looking forward, towards the destination… while at the same time looking in the rear view mirror, seeing where we have been… and what we may have missed.
|Looking back at the wake, what did you miss?|
(Photo: Looking Beyond Barriers - Larry Gardepie)
As we move forward, it is important that we awaken ourselves to the disturbances created in our relationships. Noticing any disruption, upheaval, and violence allows us to wonder what happened and how we might move forward in a better way.
|Can you see beauty beyond the darkness?|
(Photo: Sunset at Sea - Larry Gardepie)
We have an issue or obstacle, though: moving away from our hypersensitive and critical natures. Similar to the Pay It Forward movement a few years ago, maybe we can encourage one another with a “Looking for Good” Challenge. That is, how might we:
- Discover the goodness in others rather than their faults?
- Highlight the positive instead of the negative?
- Expect and celebrate successes over failures?
Maybe our challenge is to catch people in sacred moments of Grace and Goodness: the disturbances of the past propel us towards ways to understand and anticipate holiness and wholeness. Isn’t it time to want, ask, and expect more in our time together on this planet?
What do you think:
- Is it possible to look for goodness?
- Will you join me during November, our Thanksgiving month, to accept this challenge… to look for goodness in yourself and others?
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