'Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.' ~Shirley MacLaine
There is a story told about a man who joined a monastery in which the monks were allowed to speak only 2 words every seven years. After the first seven years had passed, the monk met the abbot, who asked him, "Well what are your 2 words?" "Food's bad", replied the man who then went back to his silence. Seven years later the abbot asked, "Well what are your 2 words this time?" "Bed's hard", came the response. Seven years later and 21 years after his initial entry into the monastery the man met the abbot yet again. "What are your 2 words now?" asked the abbot. "I quit" came the answer. "I'm not surprised" said the abbot with disgust. "All you have done since you got here is complain!" It is easy to fall into the rut of having a negative outlook and to be pessimistic on so many issues. We are saturated with so many negative stories, that at times it seems as if there is no other alternative. But there is so much good news out there. It is vital we mark good news, celebrate and nurture it and to make sure it is given time and space. What space will I give to some good news today even if it's only two words?
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