Monday, March 30, 2009

Meaningful Mondays - Finding What You Seek

I think every Monday from now on I'm going to have a quote, piece of advice, or something else meaningful. So I will call these posts "Meaningful Mondays". :) I'll try to get these posted at the beginning of the day, not the end, but oh well. At least it's still Monday, right?

So here it is for this week.

"If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will".
~Abraham Lincoln

I love the simplicity of this statement. If you look for bad things in a person or in a situation you will doubtless find it. And conversely, if you look for good in a person or a situation, you will find that, too. So the idea is to look for positive things in people and situations even when the tendency is to see how bad someone or something might be. Sounds easy, right?

Not for most people.

It requires stepping back and looking at something from all angles before jumping to a negative conclusion, and giving someone another chance who has done wrong in the past. Challenging? Yes. Do-able....?


So good luck in seeking good this week!


Anonymous said...

I'm writing this on the board in my classroom tomorrow. Mostly so they stop looking for the bad in me. ;)

Snickerdoodle Champagne said...

Great idea! :)

a H.I.T. said...

Abe Lincoln has some great quotes. I like this one.

Snickerdoodle Champagne said...

I totally agree - I have others from him that you'll probably, at some point, see me post. :)

Jay said...

My fave Lincoln quote is "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

Check out the book Lincoln on Leadership if you get a chance. A bit touchy-feely in parts, but overall a good read!

Anonymous said...

love it! i am putting that quote everywhere. i really needed to read this:) thanks girlie!!!

Ruggy13 said...

fabulous! I LOVE the idea!