I can sometimes have a cynical side. For a long time, I have been kind of fond of my cynical side. Kind of messed up, I know. Recently I was reading “Way to Be”, by Gordon B. Hinckley. I was reading the ‘Be Positive’ section. I really have quite a positive outlook in life, and view my trials as learning experiences (more after they are over than during them, but I’m working on that). I think that the cynicism comes from the bombardment of negative attitudes we have in the media in all forms. Major television news networks, talk radio, (left and right both have negative things to say), literature, movies, music, facebook statuses, etc. then I read this:
“I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we “accentuate the positive.” I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort. I am not asking that all criticism be silenced. Growth comes of correction. Strength comes of repentance. Wise is the man who can acknowledge mistakes pointed out by others and change his course.
What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve (from Ensign, Apr. 1986, 2–4).” (from Gordon B. Hinckley, “Words of the Prophet: The Spirit of Optimism,” New Era, Jul 2001, 4)
This hit me really hard. By being cynical, I am not helping anyone. It just makes me feel clever, but really that feeling of being clever isn’t helping me either.
So I’ve made a new resolution to use this blog as an outlet for positivity!
I am going to post an entry at least once a week, each time choosing a person to highlight. That person may be someone I know personally, or someone I have heard of, or someone who is often forgotten. I am going to focus on the positive aspects of that person.
There are plenty of people who will comment on other people’s faults, but we don’t build each other up enough.
Hopefully this will weed out my own cynical side and make me more like this man:
Who can say this isn’t a positive person?