Something has been bothering me since I posted my last message. Two things, actually.
First, I am aware of the hypocrisy of my advice to my coworker. I told her that the courageous thing to do would be to be honest with her friend. But I am not completely honest with her daily.
In this rare case, I am a hypocrite by choice. (Usually the hypocrisy is purely accidental.) I would like to be honest with her and have been tempted several times to tell her what is on my mind.
However, I am pretty sure her reaction would not be positive. And we have to work together so I’ve held back. Rather than courageously telling her the truth, I make the choice to keep the environment friendly, and, thus, become a hypocrite.
The second thing is the one that is really eating away at me. The more I think about the negativity I’ve expressed about this coworker, the more I realize that I’m focusing on the bad things. Granted, it’s not hard to do that as she offers many undesirable characteristics to focus on. This, however, is not the person I want to be.
I mean what if everyone in the world only focused on the negative characteristics of the people around them? What a terrible place this world would be!
And I would hate to think that anyone saw only my less than desirable traits.
I need to focus on the positive qualities she has. I don’t believe that this will make her negative qualities disappear but perhaps there will be more of a balance.
And I don’t need to limit it to just her. I need to make more of an effort to focus on the positive qualities everyone has to offer.
That would be a change I would like to see in the world.