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The really important things in life

It’s not very hard to find issues to complain about when writing a weekly column or for that matter sharing a comment or two at the water cooler. The state of our political system, financial markets, economy, weather, society inequities, education, entitlements, employment, health insurance, regional and state issues, corporate greed, sporting events, addictions, and the list goes on and on. Any one can look around and see things that needs to be addressed and highlighted if we are ever to generate enough public outcry to bring about change.

The problem I have with highlighting these issues is that you always begin looking at things in a negative light, focusing on what’s wrong rather than what’s right with our society. We’ve all met people who never look at the glass as half full, they depressingly always see it as half empty. Complaining after a period of time can become counter productive. As opposed to being an agent for positive change, you can be seen as a distributor of bad news or even worse, anger as people grapple with the feelings of helplessness and dissatisfaction, especially if all they do is read or hear about problems and are then left feeling hopeless.

In keeping with the glass half full, all one needs to do is look around and there are many, many reminders of people who face tremendous challenges in their lives and yet remain remarkably positive. In our office we have a woman who has just gone through a very difficult time battling cancer. Despite the operation and chemo treatments she has been positive, upbeat and inspiring to all those around her. She could have taken a medical disability leave and had a few months off while she went through all the treatments but instead she made it clear that she would be at work as often as possible, not because she had to but because she wanted to. Her work ethic, her approach to life and her determination to remain consistently positive throughout this process has served as a valuable lesson to all who’ve witnessed her handling of this challenging disease.

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