Look for the good in all situations, even in situations that don’t look good

Whenever life subjects us to terrible situations, we often obsess over the bad. Such obsession fills us with negative feelings of being frustrated, burdened and drained – and it impels us to act in ways that make the situation worse.

Should we, then, stay blind to the bad? Certainly not. We need to deal with the reality of how things are.

But humility allows us to acknowledge that we don’t know the full reality of things. And the biggest reality we don’t know is God and his plan. Even in terrible situations, his plan is still working, shaping things for everyone’s ultimate good. How Krishna will act, how he will guide us to act and how future events will play out – all these are unknown to us.

Instead of stewing over the bad, we can seek the good. When we seek good, we see good. And when we see good, we seek good further. By such seeing and seeking, we start a positive feedback loop that ensures our emotions don’t become our enemies in dealing with difficult situations. And it may well help us discover positives we had been blinded to.

Every adversity contains the seeds of some opportunity – at the very least the opportunity to become more conscious of God. Nothing happens without his sanction. He can further his plan through everything that happens, provided we play our part intelligently in his plan. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (18.58) assures that if we become conscious of Krishna, his grace raises us above all obstacles.

Even if situations don’t look good, the shift in our focus from situations to God, the ultimate positive reality, is always good: it elevates our consciousness and equips us to better tolerate difficult situations. And it may even empower us to transform those situations.

Think it over:

  • How is looking for the good different from staying blind to reality?
  • Amid negative situations, how can we start a positive feedback loop?
  • Why is shifting our focus from the situation to God always good?

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  1. The analogy of a bee and a housefly is very pertinent in this regard. A bee always look for nectar in the most filthy settings but a fly looks for filth even in the most nectarean setting. The choice is ours to be a bee or a fly.

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  2. View the world with unblemished glasses

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  3. Inspiring, uplifting article, Prabhuji 🙂

    The following lines sounds as though Krsna Himself was speaking:

    Humility allows us to acknowledge that we don’t know the full reality of things. And the biggest reality we don’t know is God and his plan. Even in terrible situations, his plan is still working, shaping things for everyone’s ultimate good. How Krishna will act, how he will guide us to act and how future events will play out – all these are unknown to us.

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    • Yeah, really nice.

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