Every day we are being challenged. As humans, our brains are naturally biased to be negative. Therefore, it is okay to feel, think, or conceive on negative thoughts at times. Doing so is a means of taking a check-and-balance on matters that need justification.
On the other hand, continuously having such negative feelings, thinking, and discernment on almost everything is unhealthy. Unnecessary and repetitive negative thinking causes us many health problems in the long-run like chronic stress, depression, or even dementia.
Therefore, it’s practical for us always to see the good in everything. Yes! I agree. Seeing the good in everything is difficult, painful, unfair, and unpleasant. Especially when we are experiencing professional burnout or a family loss because of unprecedented illness, accident, worst murder, financial catastrophe, business loss, and more we can add to this list..’
But, then again!
Always See the Good in Everything.
Story#1 – Seeing the Good in Death.
I was only 12 years old when my mom died. I saw her took her last breathe in the arms of my father with my bare eyes. I didn’t understand why I had to experience growing up without a mom. She was severely sick and bedridden for five years before she died. My father, mother and I had to endure physical, emotional, and mental sufferings because of such a terrible experience.
Days, months, and years had passed. I’m so grateful that I had to go through that stage of my life. I’m stronger, live independently, learn how to appreciate what I have, and learn to be more grateful and contented. Everything has a reason behind it.
Story#2 – Seeing the Good at Work.
I worked as a Sr. Quality Specialist from an international BPO back in 2007-2016. One of the major everyday reports is tasked to me to complete. So, I always make sure that the report is error-free, accurately delivered. It has valuable and actionable reported data on it. It’s easy to understand, and it’s relevant to all its recipients.
At some point, it’s become a routine for me. Prepare the report and send it. I noticed that no one bothered about it. Days and weeks had passed since I handled the task; no one has approached me, asking about the report. I felt irritated and insignificant. I thought, my report is one of the major reports being sent every day, and no one even replied not even criticize my work. So, I asked my manager to give me a break and task it to my other colleagues, even just for a few days, which he did without questions.
After a week of not sending the report, a supervisor approached me. He asked me why ‘the report’ is not being sent. I politely replied, “Yes, it is being sent daily by a colleague.” To my surprise, the supervisor said that he knew, but he preferred if I am the one who is sending it because of benefits A-B-C-D. Aside from him, a manager-on-duty told me the same. She said my graphs are better and informative. Another supervisor said she even uses my report for her daily and weekly huddles with her team. My heart was in bliss! I thought that no one bothers to look at the report.
My experience has taught me that overthinking and immediately stimulating to a negative conclusion shouldn’t be our focus when we don’t see quick positive results.
Story#3 – Seeing the Good in Every Situation
I heard this story from one of the podcasts of Pastor John Piper.
There’s a father (Job) and a daughter (Jemima) traveling. They reached a poor family in one location where they asked if they can stay there for a night. The husband and wife were happily welcoming them. Despite being poor, the couple served Job and Jemima food and milk to drink. The couple gave their best room to be used for Job and Jemima. In the morning, the wife is weeping because the cow they only have for a living has died. So, the husband wants to butcher it to sell. But Job said not to sell the cow’s meat rather bury it under a tree (if my memory served me correct). And that what the husband did.
At the next location they reached, Job and Jemima found a wealthy family with a beautiful home. They asked if they can stay for a night. So the rich man agreed and let them sleep in the barn. The next morning, Job saw a broken wall from the barn. He then bought some materials and fixed the broken wall. After that, they said their goodbyes to the rich man and went off.
Jemima thought negatively and questioned. She asked her father why he fixed the rich man’s wall when he is already wealthy and can do it anyway. They were also poorly treated compared to when they were treated in the house of the poor family. Whereas when the poor family’s only cow died, they did not help them; instead, Job simply asked the man to bury the dead animal.
Then Job smiled and answered his daughter’s questions. He explained that the cow is ill. Job noticed it when he drunk the milk at night, for it has a different taste. He asked the man not to sell the cow because if people bought it and found out it’s not good meat, there will be so much trouble for the poor family. Instead, he asked him to bury the carcass because some treasures await the man, where he advised him to bury the dead animal. They can use these treasures to sell so they can acquire better and healthier cows for a living.
While with the rich man’s barn, he saw silvers and golds behind the broken wall. So he decided to buy some building materials and fixed the wall so the rich man could not find those treasures. In a way, he won’t be more arrogant and proud.
I understand that it’s pretty hard to always see the good in everything. However, we must remember that everything has a reason behind it. We must focus our energy on positive thoughts, ideas, and things around us. It’s wiser, and it’s healthier for us.
What’s your story? How did you see the good in any bad situation you experienced? I’d love to hear from you! ❤️😊
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