Sometimes I feel really positive. Other times, not so much. Lately I’ve really been paying attention to how often I think of things in negative terms, and it was too many. I can’t simplify everything into a “Look, I’m always going to think of things in positive terms and I’m not going to think in negative terms anymore” description, but I am noticing and consciously trying to see more positives. I really don’t want to rant against negatives. They are always present. So why not focus on what I support instead of what I'm against? For instance:
- I support comprehensive, compassionate and fair immigration reform.
- I support marriage equality
- I support LGBT equality
- I support a woman’s right to chose.
- I support the paycheck fairness act
- I support a $15 an hour federal minimum wage with annual cost of living increases
- I support single payer healthcare reform.
And as I express those things, I recognize that many will have immediate negative thoughts. Some of them will probably be directed at the causes I just said I support. Others likely will be directed at me for supporting those causes. I also recognize that many will have positive thoughts about the causes I listed (and others I support) as well as about me for supporting them.
All those ideas are present here today. And, for right now, I want to focus on the positives. Not the positives relating to the things I just said I support, but rather “the positives” in general. This week’s Bible reading from Matthew 25:31-46 tells the parable of the sheep and the goats. There are negatives and positives. And I want to focus on the positives – and perhaps even enhance them.
- I was hungry and you had a banquet in my honor.
- I was a stranger and you introduced me to all of your friends.
- I was naked and you took me on a shopping spree.
- I was sick and you brought me soup and you took me to the doctor.
- I was in prison and you told me I was loved no matter what.
How positive can we get?