Let us begin today to develop the habit of seeking the good in everyone and everything. That doesn't mean you will always find it. From time to time, you will be disappointed. But we should strive to make this our first inclination, our default position. In most cases I think we find what we are looking for. The other option is riddled with problems both personal and interpersonal. If we don't go seeking the good, then we will be constantly looking for what is wrong in everyone and everything. This attitude breeds dis-ease, a discontentment and unrest within that sooner or later manifests itself in our lives, whether as a health problem, the breakdown of a relationship, or dissatisfaction at work. Sooner or later, everything within us seeks an external expression.
Is it easy to foster this attitude of looking for the good? No. But it is possible. Let us not seek what is easy. Let us boldly seek what is possible. And over time and with practice, every good habit becomes easier to exercise. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased." This truth can be applied to each of the nine lessons.
Patiently seek the good in everything and in everyone. The more you seek it, the more you will find. The more you find it, the more you will emulate it. The more you emulate it, the more you will inspire others to reach out and grasp all that is good, true, noble, and beautiful in this life and each other.
And THAT uplifts everyone!
God is all that there is, and it is the unifying principle of all life. It is the One Thing from
which all people, countries, experiences, and form arises. I am one with this God, because
it is my creator. And all people are one with God, for God created all. This means that I
am literally one with all people. Of course, I experience this close connection more readily
with those I know and already love. But the truth is, I am one with every one. From this
place of unity, there is no separation. This means that the best things I admire are One with
who I am. It also means that the things I despair of are also One with me. You can't have it
both ways - either there is unity or there isn't.
Gandhi wrote that we must be the change we wish to see in the world. Today, I decide to
bring to the world - to every person, every situation, every county - the kind of
consciousness that I want to see everywhere. I bring Love to this day. I bring
understanding and compassion. I bring a willingness to forgive. I bring devotion and joy.
Because this bringing begins in Mind, there's no limit to the Good I can bring. I follow this
mental bringing with action. Wherever I see suffering, I do what I am guided to do to
relieve it. Where I see loneliness, I choose to express my awareness of our common
connection. Where I see someone trying to get their good in unsuitable ways, I can stand
in truth, knowing that good is everywhere and is readily available in exactly the way that
nurtures life for all. Spirit knows how to support me in this process, and I am continually
inspired with brilliant ideas about how to bring the best of that which I am to my life and
to our planet.
In these days of global unity, I deliberately see how we're One. I am the change I want to
see in this world. It begins here, and ends in a world that works for everyone, everywhere.
The natural spiritual laws of life take these words and create my experience from them. I
trust this, I give thanks for this. And so it is.