One unexpected part of my job is proofreading. Each week I am given the Church’s printed program or a newsletter or some form of advertisement and told to look it over for any issues. Immediately my critical brain begins to look at every word and every detail. Usually, I can find a word or spacing that needs to be changed. Often a see a font that requires adjustment and minor details that might go unnoticed by the majority of people.
How can I spot these flaws? I see them because I am looking for them.
On the flip side, quite often I do not notice mistakes on my blog. Punctuation issues and grammatical errors slip past me. The difference is that when I write, I am looking for big ideas and content flow while ignoring the minor details. I am not looking at the material the same way.
The same is true about life in general. If you go through your day looking for reasons to be happy, you will find them. If you focus on the negative, you will find an excuse to be mad. Your attitude is not just based off what you experience, but how you take those occurrences into your life. Your mind and heart see what they want to notice.
Therefore, Paul tells Christians, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)”
At the end of this day, you will say it was a great day or a lousy one. The difference might only be found in what you choose to see.