Find Something Right
For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine,
and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say,
‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard,
and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’
Why are we so obsessed with finding something wrong with everyone and everything?
“The only thing wrong with ________ is _________.”
Does focusing on negatives somehow make us feel better about ourselves?
Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart refused to find fault with other retailers. He searched for what was right, so he could implement already-proven ideas into his stores. That’s a big reason for Wal-Mart’s success.
In our workplace we spent a lot of time and energy taking photos of substandard workmanship. Suddenly it dawned on me that we should focus on what we want instead of what we don’t want. We took a few photos of excellent workmanship and showed them how it’s supposed to look. Showing them what we wanted immediately raised the quality of our work.
Focusing on negatives isn’t healthy for us or our relationships. So why not find something right with each other?