August 11

Today's quotation:

Do not think of your fault; still less of others' faults.
Look for what is good and strong and try to imitate it.  Your
faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

John Ruskin

Today's Meditation:

If we keep focused on our faults and problems, guess what we'll get more of?  If we keep our minds always on our shortcomings, we're virtually guaranteeing that those shortcomings will be major parts of our lives for a long time to come.  We'll strengthen them and give them more power in our lives, just by keeping our minds on them.  But is that what we really want to do?

There are many, many examples of the good and the strong, the loving and the compassionate in the world.  And as we see those examples, if we keep our focus on it we can bring it into our lives more regularly--it can become the most common element of our lives if we but keep it in our minds and imitate it all that we can.  We shouldn't be faultfinders, and we shouldn't stay focused on faults any more than they deserve--and they certainly don't deserve much of our focus at all.

There's been an awful lot written about the Law of Attraction, the concept that we attract to ourselves in life exactly what we think of.  By thinking about certain things, we cause ourselves to be much like magnets, attracting to ourselves things that are just like our thoughts.  Focusing on our faults, then, causes us to focus on being critical, on looking at the negative side of ourselves, creating a magnetic pull to other elements that simply will perpetuate our focus on our faults.

By keeping my mind on the positive, though, I attract more positive things to me--more positive people and situations and outcomes.  And as my faults matter less and less, they go away, killed by neglect.  And I may even find that some of what I thought were faults actually are among my greatest virtues!

Questions to consider:

Are you more likely to focus on your own faults or your virtues?

What kinds of things do you find yourself attracting to yourself?

What would you like to attract into your life?
For further thought:

We get what we emotionally focus on!  Focus on what
we want with passion and excitement, and presto!  It's
on the way.  Focus on what we don't want with the same
passion (such as worry, concern, etc.) and presto!
It too will be on its way.

Lynn Grabhorn


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