Celebrating the good in life
At this time in human evolution it’s plain for most of us to see the myriad potholes and in some cases abysses, we are creating, whether on the global, planetary level or closer to home in our own communities and organisations. And with a propensity to focus on the ‘bad stuff mainstream media is quick to share with us, usually in glorious technicolour, all of the issues. I’m not knocking that – it’s vital we are sighted about the world we are all creating. But we need to also be mindful of the great things that are happening.
And for those who may be shouting – ‘hey hang on a minute – I don’t make bad stuff happen’, I challenge each and every one of us to consider our inner thought life where we process the hurts and challenges of the day and the way in which these show up in our transactions and interactions with others. For sure most of us are guilty of adding toxic thoughts, speech or actions to our world in some way or another even if we don’t intend to. That sharp word to a waiter in a restaurant, the impatient harrumphing in the petrol station and so on. Minor first world transgressions yes, but all adding to the toxicity of our world experience.
And in and amongst all of the really scary or negative stuff that’s going on, and there is a lot, I thought I’d take a moment to remind myself and all of us of the equal power and importance of celebrating the great things in life. Consciously and actively promoting the good news stories that help to create a culture where a positive mind-set is not only acceptable, it’s desirable. This isn’t about being a Pollyanna but it is about bringing more intention and focus on the good, and expanding our experience of life into a space that is more joyful.
In my experience of many organisations we are so focused on the task, survival, not failing, meeting financial targets etc. that there is no room, and certainly not a culture, where the recognition of all the great things that are happening can be acknowledged and celebrated. Perhaps we are afraid of complacency setting in when there is so much to do and I get that. Perhaps we’ve forgotten how to ‘high five’ each other. For sure we are short changing ourselves and the world as we miss out on the beauty and joy that exists in our world – both within our work life and beyond. The small positive changes add up and eventually we will see that in fact we are building a better world.
I’m not saying ignore all the things that we need to improve. I’m saying let’s approach those changes from a foundation of celebrating the great things we are doing and use that as the fuel and momentum to aim even higher in overcoming the negative impacts of our collective actions or inactions.