Is Your Forecast 70 Percent Sunny or 30 Percent Rainy?
Are you typically an optimist or a pessimist?
Do you look at the glass half empty or half full? Do you say, “Today’s a beautiful day! The forecast is 70 percent sunny!” or “Oh, but it could rain any minute—it’s 30 percent chance of rain”?
Me? I’m a little of both. The melancholy side of my personality wants to think the worst, be prepared for the down pour, says the glass is half full.
The choleric side of my personality is positive … ready to take charge and be in control whatever the forecast is.
Lately, I’ve noticed how society leans more toward the negative, pointing out what is wrong with everything and everybody. The headlines and news channels rarely reveal any of the good that occurs around the world.
Can’t everybody just be nice?
As an editor, my job is to point out the mistakes—what is misused, misspelled, and WRONG.
So to be more positive and more helpful to my clients, I’ve decided to include what is good.
I like this sentence—very powerful statement.
This paragraph really works well.
I laughed out loud at this part!
This character makes me smile.
Very consistent—keep up the good work.
People know they make mistakes, but they like to hear good things—especially about themselves.
In his book The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry says, “Dwelling on your problems doesn’t fix them; it just makes you an expert on them. … It is possible, if you focus on it, to find fault with just about anything or anyone.”
What do you focus on?
The five A’s your child received on her report card or the one C?
The three friends who are always there to encourage you or the one relative who likes to make snarky comments?
The ten rejections from publishing companies or the one acceptance letter?
The two clients who stopped doing business with you or the one client who tripled this month’s order?
The beautiful sky God made or the one dark cloud looming overhead?
Life is always about perspective—how you view things. You will always a “half empty/half full” way of looking at things.
What will you focus on? The good or the bad? The positive or the negative?
Is your forecast going to be 70 percent sunny or 30 percent rainy?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
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