Posts tagged optimism
Negativity is noise.

Life is hard. Harder for some than others. But in general, everyone has a lot of balls in the air. Budgeting, car maintenance, cleaning the house, committee meetings, career, Church, soccer practice, yard work… you get the idea. All of that activity piles up and two things start to happen...

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I was so annoyed at myself...

Last weekend I attended a friend's wedding where I got to see and catch up with a lot of old friends. Of course, the classic, "how've things been going?" question inevitably started every conversation.

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The Life-Giving Practice of Assuming Positive Intent

Assuming negative intent. It's a pandemic. People from every social class, race and religion are so quick to get their feathers ruffled at the slightest disagreement. Some injustices are worth your righteous anger. Others, however, aren't worth your attention and any lashing response can only be described as childish.

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We Teach Others How to See Us.

When I hear stories of the Prisoners of War who tell jokes to each other to keep up morale or Paul and Silas who sang songs of praise while in the Roman prison, I'm struck by the brute force of their will to shape perception — both their perception of their own circumstances and our perception of them. Joy in trails is not our default human reaction, however, those who, with great strength of will, choose joy, end up bending the perception of all who hear their story.

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