Walking to work after having a coffee the other morning, I briefly stopped by our local supermarket to pick up some groceries. As the guy on the checkout scanned my shopping, I asked him how his day had been so far.
“Really great,” he replied. “I’m alive, and I’m in good health.”
Now he said this in all seriousness, without the merest suggestion of it being platitudinous. And it really made me stop and think.
How easy it is to find fault with our lives. How easy to focus on what’s wrong and unwanted.
How hard it can be to recognise, instead, what’s good – for there almost always is something.
In 1857 the American writer Thoreau said “we find only the world we look for”. We might interpret this to mean that if we go through our day looking for only the bad, that’s probably how things will pan out.
Be like the Whole Foods cashier, however, and things could look very different.
It may not always be possible, but whenever you can, why not choose to take a more positive approach?