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Looking for the Good and Making Good Things Happen

Lyle Stucki, Owner

Actual Questions Asked of Librarians:
Do you have books here?
Do you have any books with photographs of dinosaurs?
Can you tell me why so many famous Civil War battles were fought on National Park sites?
Where in the library can I find a power socket for my hairdryer?
Do you have that book by Rushdie, ‘Satanic Nurses’ ? [Actual title: ‘Satanic Verses’]
I am seeking a directory of laws that I can break, so that I would be returned to jail for a couple of years.

With all the terrible things that we observe and experience, it is easy to see the bad. If we are not careful, we can even begin feeling that things are much worse than they really are. No matter how bad things may seem at times, it is hoped that each of us will remember there is much good all around us. We are happier when we look for it, find it, and create it.

The following are things we already know and need to keep reminding each other about.

A positive attitude is contagious. There is tremendous power in simply believing that positive things will happen because often times they do. Part of it is because positive people are pro-active and are anxiously engaged in making good things happen. People can, when they believe they can. Even when something appears to be negative, people with positive attitudes find ways to turn lemons into lemonade by creating something sweet or good from something that appeared to be very sour. All of us can ask ourselves the following questions; “How positive is my attitude?” “How pro-active am I in making good things happen?” “When something bad happens, do I look for the good such as what was learned and how we can benefit?”

Positive people are excited about the prospect of helping others. When someone knows we really care, that alone can make a huge difference in their life. We can never underestimate the impact of a kind word, a smile, a soft answer, a thoughtful suggestion, the extension of a helping hand when needed, a heart felt compliment, a simple thank you, a word of encouragement, etc., etc. I am reminded of a verse in the song entitled, “Have I Done Any Good” written by Will L. Thompson. We might ask ourselves the same questions asked in one of the verses; “Have I done any good in the world today, have I helped anyone in need, have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad, if not I have failed indeed.”

It is important not to “type” people, just try to like them. Say why you like people not why you don’t. Say things from the positive side enough that it becomes habit. Thumper’s mom was right when she said, “If you haven’t got something good to say then don’t say anything at all.” Some people are harder to like than others. However, we can find some good in everyone.

Some of our challenges in life are almost over-whelming. Reaching our goals can take major effort. It has been my experience that when we believe we can achieve something we usually can and will. For an instant lesson just read The Little Engine That Could. Read it regularly because it is a philosophy for a lifetime.

If you want to keep things in perspective, count your blessings every day. A good exercise is to think of everything good and make the list as long as you can. It does not take long before we realize that there is a lot of good all around us. When we really reflect, we can many times feel great joy from simple things that are good. A friend of mine encouraged me often to take time to smell the roses. That counsel has helped me find much more enjoyment in life. We find that the fragrance of life is much better when we look for the good, find it, and create it.

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