I came across this story about negativity the other day and wanted to share it.
One day a school teacher wrote the following on a chalkboard.
When he finished, he looked at his class and they began to laugh.
When he asked them why, one student pointed out that the first equation he had written was wrong.
The teacher responded by saying, “I wrote the first one wrong on purpose to show you something very important. This is how the world will treat you. You can see that I wrote five other RIGHT answers, but none of you gave me any recognition for that. You all laughed and criticized me for the one wrong thing that I did. The world will not always appreciate the good you do, but it will put you down for the one wrong mistake you make. Remember to always rise above the criticism and stay strong.”
How often do we take for granted all the wonderful things the people around us do? How often are we quick to pass judgement on others shortcomings, rather than praising and appreciating their triumphs?
The fact of the matter is a perfect human being has never been created, and frankly never will be. I’m sure we’d all like to consider ourselves pretty darn close, but all of us are human, therefore none of us are without faults.
Does pointing out what someone does wrong really make another person feel more secure, more dominant, more fulfilled in life?
When was the last time you thanked someone for all they do, which so often goes unnoticed? Is it really that hard for us to to curtail all the negativity that spews out of our mouths and instead offer a little praise every now and then?
Automotive mogul Lee Iacocca once remarked, “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”
Such service lies just as much in what we say as in what we do.