Episode 117 – Look for the Good
Where we put our attention matters!
Human beings seemed wired to see what is missing, wrong, bad or in need of fixing
It’s not a bad trait – it helps us improve
But focusing on what right can also get us down
There’s a lot that seems wrong in the world right now
For our own well being, look for the good
Look for Go(o)d everywhere
Looking for the Good is a deliberate action we can take – an act of will
No matter what we see or experience in another person or circumstance, we can find good if we want to
Even when our lives are crumbling or the world is far out of line with our vision and hope for it, we can look for good.
Avoid Spiritual Bypass! Looking for the good doesn’t mean we ignore the bad
Blind optimism glosses over reality, avoids pain and creates an inauthentic, surface positivity
It is important that we see what is actually going on, then find your way to a sense of grounded appreciation or optimism.
We can look for the good:
Any darkness or despair
When we expect good, it will find us.
Good has a peculiar way of finding those who seek it
The more good we expect, the more we receive.
We are always being called higher
NOTE: During my dialogue with Jim, I reference the YouTube interview with Anneke Lucas, survivor of ritualistic child trafficking in Belgium in the 1970’s. If interested, this is the link to the first part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX11JUxxtq4
Dialogue and Inquiry
•Do you believe that good is always available?
•Where are you regarding looking for the good versus seeing the bad in your life today?
•Share a time when you shifted your perspective from seeing what was wrong to seeing what was good. How did you make the shift? What happened?
•Share a story of when you expected good and it found you.
•How do you feel when you are around someone who only sees what is wrong/bad? What do you do or say? Can you see this in yourself?
•What or who is simply not good to you today? Do you judge anything as irrevocably bad? Can you find any good there? •
Can you discern the difference between surface positivity (i.e. spiritual bypass) and grounded appreciation? How can you tell if you are in spiritual bypass?
I consciously seek good in my life and it finds me. I expect good in my life and it finds me. No matter what is going on my the world, Good is there and I actively choose to see it .