The power of praise

Interacting with others is frequently challenging. Not everyone I meet is equally appealing to me. Some rub me the wrong way. Some are so gifted jealousy arises within me. The list goes on. When I notice a negativity of thinking and feeling, I try to discern where it is coming from and I’ve noticed that if I find something to admire or praise in another, my entire world changes.


Even in nature there are things that bug me…mosquitoes for example. But I love watching the swallows swooping and soaring to catch them. Without mosquitoes swallows would be scarce. And blackberries! Sometimes when I am mowing around the edge of our property, they reach out to grab me and scratch me mercilessly. I’m tempted to curse them, but I do admire their tenacity and strong desire to live. I’ve seen them pop up from the tiniest crack in pavement after traveling twenty yards underground. How’s that for overcoming adversity? I could learn something from the blackberries. So, for today, and as often as I can remember, I plan to look for and praise the positive goodness I see. I’ll feel better, I know, and the world will indeed be a better place. I am still challenged to find something positive about slugs, though. Ideas, anyone?

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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3 Responses to The power of praise

  1. Lin H says:

    blackberries are a wonderful addition to a fruit smoothy, but I’m with you on the slugs. but remember everything has its purpose under heaven. Slugs are maybe just here to challenge us..keep us humble or patient as we watch them attack our produce.


  2. Peerooza says:

    Hi there
    Like you I have never liked slugs, but felt better
    About them after reading Jeff Lowenfels article
    stating that slugs are an important part of the
    Eco system. So they are helping our soil:-)
    Hope this helps you appreciate them:-)


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