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Focusing on the Good Stuff

Posted by Jennifer Mata on March 14, 2016 at 12:40 PM

I get Ripples: pebbles, boulders and ponders from Paul Wesselmann, The Ripples Guy, every Monday. This Monday, I really liked the Ponder he shared and thought I would share it here with you. It resonates with me so deeply, both in the way I tend to view life and the way I feel others tend to view me. 




It's an unfortunate fact of life that the bad stuff stands out more than the good stuff. The small errors sometimes scream louder than pages of flawless text. The awfulness of the candidates we disagree with seems much larger than the awesomeness of the candidates with whom we agree. We can complain about the rainy Saturday far longer than we can delight in the sunny Sunday. It's not exactly because we're negative; it actually makes logical sense that our minds would focus attention on potential concerns; it's just that this focus will likely distract us from the good stuff.


If you've been confronted with a limitation or a restriction or an ending of some kind, it might be useful to let yourself be disappointed for a short while and then when you're ready to move forward, you can guide your attention towards possibilities that exist, perhaps even new ones that haven't even reached your dreams.


Limits exist, and they need to be acknowledged. Think of them not as restrictions, but as defined boundaries within which we can unleash our best work and our best selves.





P.S. Thanks for reading Ripples, and thanks for the times you've done more than just ponder. Each action you take, whether it is sharing these splashes with others, or simply shifting your thoughts or behavior because of a particularly useful nugget, it helps to keep the Ripples flowing....  

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