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On Focusing on the Good (and true)

On Focusing on the Good (and true) | Libero Magazine 4

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“The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.” — Chuck Swindoll

I was with a friend and I was talking, well actually ranting, about the negative side of something that really is quite positive. He warned me that I need to be careful. He explained that when faced with something good and true some people accept the good, whereas others choose to focus on the negative – either out of habit or because they feel threatened by or jealous of the good. He explained how focusing on the negative – whether out of envy, hatred or mere habit – does nothing but destroy you and turn you bitter. He said he sees this happening in me; rather than focusing on the good, I am getting caught up in the bad.

In this particular situation, rather than celebrating with a person who is sharing something true and good, I am focusing on hating those who are trying to tear this particular person down. The end result: complete and utter bitterness. As soon as he pointed this out, I though of “The Ghosts of Mississippi,” in which Whoopi Goldberg’s character says: “When you hate someone, the only person who suffers is you because most of the people you hate don’t know, and those who do don’t care.”

I knew my friend was right – even though at the time I didn’t want to admit it (I can be a bit stubborn that way) – so I logged it away in my mind, knowing I had to make some changes to the way I approach things.

And then today my very first ‘published-in-print’ article came out in my school’s newspaper. However, for an unknown reason, my name was not attached to the piece. Rather than focusing on the achievement of getting published, I got caught up in trying to figure out why they would leave my name out and how unfair it was. In short, rather than celebrating my accomplishment, I focused only on the negative – and the only person who suffered was me.

My friend is right; it’s not worth it. It’s time to start focusing on what is good and true and ignoring the rest.

Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

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