Look for the Good and You Will Find It

Posted by on February 3, 2019 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 8 Comments

Positive People Still Have Bad Days

By Kimber Simpkins | Tiny Buddha

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ~John Lubbock


Have you ever noticed how as human beings, we tend to go negative?

Looking out into the world, we see the crumpled fast food bag in the street and the torn curtain in the window.

Looking into the mirror, we see the pores and dark circles under our eyes. We see the freckles and miss the dimple, or we hate the dimple and miss the smile.

Our eyes focus in on what’s wrong.


I’ve noticed it’s hard to undo this tendency in myself, though sometimes the veil drops suddenly, and I can see the beauty of the world around me.

Many years ago, a friend and I made a three-day visit to the Polish city where we were to live for a year while we taught English.

Arriving on the train, I was struck by the torn metal siding in the station and the crumbling rust of the ancient stair railings; as we walked along the sidewalk, how the entire city seemed one blocky stamped-out Soviet-era apartment building after the next.

Neither of us spoke, but I felt sure my roommate’s thoughts mirrored my own: This was where we were going to live? This worn foot sole of a town was going to be our home for a year?

Just as my mind headed in the direction of I don’t think I can live here, a tiny bird flew down a foot or so in front of my shoes, hopping a few inches here and there to nibble the tops of a tuft of grass poking out of the broken concrete.

I let my suitcase bump to a stop and watched. The bright saturated green of the grass, the pale orange stripe on the bird’s beak, the angle of sunlight against the cracked sidewalk… it was beautiful. And at that moment my heart gave a hopeful thump. There was beauty here, too. I only needed to look for it.

As humans, we have a built-in bias to see what’s not working, what needs fixing, what doesn’t measure up. In general, it’s not bad to see the negative… we avoid falling into pits by looking out for potholes. But seeing only the negative results is what I call “paper towel tube vision.”

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  1. 1545320502461456@facebook.com' Yolanda Chambers says:

    So true…

  2. 1128895393817157@facebook.com' Noeline Cillie says:

    AMEN!

  3. 463875903822728@facebook.com' Eden Drew says:

    Donna Harvey

  4. 889531147822093@facebook.com' Bryant Graves says:

    Negative thoughts and feelings attract more negativity and the same goes for positivity. If you fill yourself with positive energy, then you will atrract positivity in every aspect of your life. Others will see this energy within you and they themselves will become positive, it can spread like wildfire and it should.

  5. 972625236123454@facebook.com' Erik Albert says:

    By spending time alone and staying in touch with nature. Especially when in this shared reality, societies, more than anything else, hold tools and tendencies to mold individuals. It is therefore advisable to try and understand the principles of self preservation, after self discovery. Your life is about creating yourself, as opposed to being molded by society. You will see that everything is there for you. In other words, learn how to use the negative around you, to make it work for you. You are made to stand out.

  6. 1063565703696291@facebook.com' Jeff Andrews says:

    as a torpedo homes in adjustments made …..emotions focus or confuse

  7. 1099999013345588@facebook.com' Tom Whitney says:

    Emotional sobriety,objectivity and empathy for suffering of others.There’s nothing wrong with seeing the truth from the false as long as you aren’t just focused on the unpleasant truths,there are many more glorious and wonderful truths to realize and awaken to and many times they’ve revealed themselves to me smack dab in the middle of the uncomfortable truths!

  8. yourmail@gmail.com' MSVCP140 says:

    🙂 OK !

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