Have you ever met a person who finds the negative in everything? People who know them call them “Sunshine” because when they walk out of the room, the room brightens up!
A couple of months ago, I was listening to a friend of mine named Jared James who was the keynote speaker at a conference I was at. He asked the audience to look around the room and find something blue. After about 10 seconds, he asked everyone who had found something blue to raise their hand. There were about 200 people there.
Everyone raised their hand!
It’s exactly the same way in life. What you look for, you will find!
There’s a lady who greets people at a place that I frequent. She’s been working there for a couple of months. Up until recently, I’d never seen her smile. As a matter of fact, you got the distinct impression from her body language that she wasn’t very pleased to see anyone walking in the door. It wasn’t just directed at me, it was with everyone.
So for the last several weeks, I’ve had internal dialogue like this:
“What a waste of money paying her to greet!” “Did they not see her attitude when they were interviewing her?” “What a bad hire!,” etc. You get the idea.
One morning this week though, I went out of my way to smile at her, say hello, and then asked her how her day was going.
She lit up—in a good way! She started talking and was actually quite friendly.
And when I left, she went out of her way to give me a warm goodbye.
I think I made a new friend that morning. And maybe it was because I started looking for something a little more positive in her.
I think it’s true:
“If you look for the best in people, that’s exactly what you’ll find.”
I sure found it that morning!