Some recent observations regarding people and their relationships and interactions with others…no one person or situation in mind, just generally observing how people tend to gravitate toward the negative instead of the positive.
For instance, it’s sad when some people would rather:
*commiserate than congratulate…
*exercise judgment than extend compassion…
*recite problems than request solutions…
*exaggerate the faults of others than examine their own hearts.
It’s a choice we have to make daily:
*to focus on the positive instead of the negative,
*to praise instead of criticize,
*to lift up instead of tear down,
*to be mindful of our own heart’s motives and intentions, instead of minding and judging the lives of others.
One of my new visitors and commenters, Julie, left a thoughtful response to yesterday’s post about the 3 Ps: Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance, that is relevant to this post. She suggested we need to add compassion to those three virtues, and I agree! I was going for the alliteration of the three words starting with the same letter, but in practice, we definitely need to develop compassion and extend it to others on a daily basis. (You readers might also enjoy Julie’s series on The Alphabet of Happiness!) 😉
Another inspirational thought for the day…
“Lord, thank You that You love me
deeply and tenderly.
You are compassionate and gracious,
full of lovingkindness, ready to forgive,
and generous beyond imagining.
You desire my love
and rejoice to do good things for me.
You delight to give me the desires of my heart
as I delight myself in You.
How precious is Your love to me, O God!
I sing for joy as I take refuge
in the shadow of Your wings!”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
It all comes back to that “Golden Rule” to treat others as we want to be treated. I certainly appreciate when people extend kindness, compassion, patience, and a non-judgmental attitude toward me. I need to do likewise.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you notice, as a rule, that we humans tend to gravitate toward the negative instead of the positive?
Do you think it seems more natural to find fault in others, rather than acknowledge and praise positive attributes?
Do you strive to extend compassion to others in your daily life?