I’m not going to get all philosophical and deep today. I know. I tend to do that sometimes. But this blog post will be one of the shortest I’ve written or ever will write simply because I just want to put the message out there.
There’s way too much blame going on in the world.
People constantly look to blame someone else or something else for their woes.
Recently, I watched blame as it tried to tear apart the high school soccer team I currently coach.
At halftime, I told the guys that blaming each other doesn’t get anything done. If you want to improve, you have to be constructive with your criticism, and more importantly, you have to take care of the things you can control.
I even told them that I could have done a better job coaching.
The truth is that none of us is perfect. I know, earth shattering cliche statement by yours truly.
But we aren’t. We don’t do anything perfectly. The only thing we’re perfect at is making messes. Or at least it seems like we make perfect messes from time to time.
What if we did something in place of blame? What if we thanked the people around us for the good they bring into our lives?
Take a big step back and look at your life. What do you do for others? Do you bring a light into the room and cast it all around? Or do you bring darkness everywhere you go?
Do you complain constantly? Be honest. Do you always try to find the negative in a situation?
It’s time for you to become the person others will be thankful to have around. And that can start by looking at those in your circle and thanking them for being who they are. Seriously, think for a few moments about some of the people in your life that you are most thankful for. What sets them apart?
Truly, one of the most important things you can do in life is to let those people know how thankful you are for them and why. Tell them what they bring to your world and how much you appreciate it.
When we focus on being grateful for others, we start to lose the tendency to be negative, blame people for things, and it opens up our hearts and minds for the possibility of greater happiness.
More than that, it puts good energy out into the world. When you tell someone why you’re thankful to have them in your life, they may very well go and do the same thing to someone else. What kind of chain reaction could that cause?
Through that little exercise, we can all learn some things about ourselves and start to make real changes for the better in all of us, and for the planet.
Go give it a try. Do it at least once a day for a week and see how you feel, and see how things change around you. Then come back here and share it in the comments. I’d love to hear about it.