I was reading from The Daily Maxwell one day last month as I do every day and a story jumped out at me and I wanted to write a post about it because I was so inspired by it. Because I was posting daily about habit building last month you are reading this today instead of then.
The Way You’ll Find People…
This is a paraphrase of the story from the book:
There was a traveller who came to the entrance of a town and before entering he asked an old man what the people of the town were like. The old man asked him how the people were in the last town the traveller was at. He replied that the people were harsh, negative, unfriendly, etc. The old man told him that’s the way that he would find people in this town too.
Another traveller came by the town and asked the old man what the town’s residents were like. The old man also asked this traveller what the people were like in the town he had been to last. This traveller said that the people were kind, considerate, giving, etc. The old man said that this is how the traveller would find people in this town also.
Can you figure out the moral of the story?
I’ll give you a hint, the old man is of a sound mind and he is not trying to trick either of the travellers. Does that help?
I won’t tease you if you are stuck on the moral because this is really powerful stuff! The moral of the story is this: how we view others is a direct reflection of ourselves!
It makes sense doesn’t it? If we are kind, trusting and generous we will naturally view others as being the same way. If we are negative, selfish and demanding we will view others to be the same.
This gives us some very good reasons to stop and listen to the way that we talk about others. Others will see right through us and eventually figure out that the way we speak of others is actually more of a reflection of us than the people that we are discussing. Another reason is that we will want to do some self reflection if we find that we are not speaking so well of others.
If we are not speaking well of others then that is an indication of some areas that we need to work on in our own lives and thoughts. If you’ve ever spent time with someone who complains about everyone that they come across then you know exactly what I am talking about.
At first we may have sympathy for them and their plights but before too long it becomes extremely obvious where the real issue lies. The real issue is with the person who is a negative thinker and probably a constant victim or even a bully.
Everyone is out to get me, nobody likes me. That guy cut me off on purpose, my spouse purposefully offended me, my coworkers are out for themselves, my friends use me.
Where is the good in the world? Isn’t there anyone nice out there? Surely there is, but you won’t find it from a person spouting off such negativity.
Though a person who thinks and acts negatively also attracts negativity to themselves creating a self fulfilling prophecy through what is commonly called the law of attraction.
The same is true for those who think positively and look at the world in a positive light. They draw in like minded people and will find themselves surrounded by more positive people than negative.
How can you make this work for you?
This is already working for you, either negatively or positively. If it’s affecting you negatively and you want that to change you can change it!
One thing you can do is to say to yourself, “STOP!” when you find yourself thinking something negative. Then take it a step further and replace that negative thought with something positive. If you have a difficult time coming up with positives then definitely keep affirmations handy for you to look at!
I’m a former negative thinker and I can tell you that this stuff does work! It works wonders!
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