Share the good things with usSubmitted by Molusk on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:12
Always in my life, whether highs or lows, I've found ways to keep going and becoming a better person, more complete and enriched by the good things I've discovered. Pain is often greatest impetus for growth.
It is spur that drives us away from the things that trip others up, and lock them into the thinking and habits that keep them politically asleep. Status, running with the pack, being popular, following the biggest ego, fearing to be out of step.
I suspect that for many of us, the freedom to become 'good' was hard won, from a path strewn with some pain and some solitude. But we make our way through and come out better, tempered by the flames, improved not by our own resources alone, but the things and people we lean on.
At all times we manage to get by and continue on, sometimes flourishing, sometimes just limping along. Whatever bad we cope with and deal with, we offset it with good things that are available to us. We learn form it. We can extract nourishment from the hardest acorns.
"We understand very well how to pour sweetness on our bitterness, especially on the bitterness of our soul; we find a remedy in our bravery and sublimity, as well as in the nobler delirium of submission and resignation. A loss scarcely remains a loss for an hour: in some way or other a gift from heaven has always fallen into our lap at the same moment."
That is truth. Whether books, art, people, places, music, thoughts.
What is inspiring you, uplifting you in your life today, this week, this month? What are you reading, listening to, watching, thinking? What new insights, what new discoveries?
What discussions have you had with others? What have you learned about the thinking of friends, coworkers, what are they focused on, concerned with? Where are ether strong points?
What is it that keeps you going in your life? What good things are you doing that make it worthwhile? Where do you find meaning?
Where do you see inroads for progress? Where do you see value in others, who are not where you are politically? What have you learned from interacting with people in your profession? What have you learned about life and society from your work?
Take the good things you have and find, and share them. Talk about the depths you have climbed out of and tribulations, and what thoughts and things got you through.
Don't be worried about the criticism and negativity you'll get.