On what should one focus in life?

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@1hopefulman (36170)
Canada
January 10, 2019 9:06pm CST
Should one focus on the negative or the positive? ( Some people seem to focus on the negative and some on the positive. I don't see the value of having a negative view in life.) Should one focus on the problems or the solutions? (Best to focus on the solutions and if we can't solve the problem than we can always change our attitude toward the situation. Best to be part of the solution than to be part of the problem. ) Should one focus on the cloud or the silver lining? Should on focus on the clouds or the sun? Should one focus on the obstacles or the opportunities? What do you think? What makes life more enjoyable? On what should one set their focus in life? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A spiritual thought. Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) "Looking unto Jesus...who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
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@sofssu (20220)
11 Jan
Choose life .
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
Yes, choose life and make the best on any situation. That's what God must be doing as looks at the state of the world.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
@sofssu He wants the best for us, May we make a wise choice.
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@sofssu (20220)
12 Jan
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• Agra, India
11 Jan
If we always look at the negative then it would be impossible to survive
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
Yes, we have to acknowledge the negatives but focus on what we can do to improve a negative situation.
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• Agra, India
11 Jan
@1hopefulman yep...but sometimes it is definitely not that easy
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
@amitkokiladitya You're right, not much that is good is easy in this world.
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@responsiveme (21535)
• India
11 Jan
To embrace all aspects of life
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
I prefer to embrace the positives and reject the negatives.
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@Shavkat (69491)
• Philippines
11 Jan
Being optimistic makes things lighter.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
I think so too! Why carry a heavy load if there is a way to lighten it?
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@Shavkat (69491)
• Philippines
13 Jan
@1hopefulman Indeed, my friend. Sometimes we need to take it easy. Difficulties in life can be solved step-by-step
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
13 Jan
@Shavkat It's a good mindset to have!
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@Courage7 (26413)
• United States
12 Jan
I have a lot of negatives surrounding me and my life and those I care about. If I did not look at some positives I tell you I would not exist anymore.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
I'm glad you found a way to keep a positive attitude towards the many negatives in your life. Positivity keeps us going!
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@Courage7 (26413)
• United States
12 Jan
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
13 Jan
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@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
Always look for the positives I think for starters.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
I think that is a better way to deal with what lie brings our way.
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@dya80dya (8940)
• Romania
11 Jan
We should focus on the negative and the positive. If we focus on negative we can find out what needs to be changed.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
It makes sense to look at the whole situation with the idea of finding the solutions and the positives and od finding ways to make the best of any situation.
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@LadyDuck (195515)
• Switzerland
11 Jan
We must focus on the problems in order to find the solutions. Life is not a bowl of cherries, we should do our best to be happy.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
Yes, cherries have pits and roses have thorns and we can enjoy the one (eat the pulp of the cherry) and avoid (thorn) or dispose (pit) of the other. We can make the most of what comes our way.
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@LadyDuck (195515)
• Switzerland
16 Jan
@1hopefulman This is the only way to have a happy life Felix.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
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@DianneN (97419)
• United States
14 Jan
The negatives must be handled, but I believe in focusing on the positives. I'm an optimistic person most of the time.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
It's the only way to enjoy life in this world.
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@just4him (136626)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jan
I always look at the positive in everything. Focusing on the negative will only bring a person to depression and hopelessness. Every problem has a solution. Every obstacle is an opportunity. Clouds bring needed rain or snow - moisture the earth needs to maintain a healthy life balance. My focus is on Jesus Christ - the Author and Finisher of my Faith.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
I feel the same way. I admire your spirit! Jesus kept the results that his suffering would bring in his heart and endured. The silver lining was the joy ahead.
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@toniganzon (54004)
• Philippines
12 Jan
What makes life enjoyable for me is that I don't think much and I act upon something only when it happens. I'm a very random person. I don't like thinking much unless there's a problem that's needing solution. I try to live the best moment of my life and not thinking about the problem. I'd rather think of a brighter tomorrow. I don't want anything or anybody to dampen my mood.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
12 Jan
Do the best we can today and the sun and the joy will come out tomorrow!
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@andriaperry (67146)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Jan
When there is negative apply positive. When a problem comes up we should apply a solution. The silver lining is part of the cloud. Clouds and the sun are like 2 peas in a pod. One helps when the other wear outt its welcome. Opportunities are waiting over that obstacle.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
Very creative and thoughtful response and I agree with it all.
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@jstory07 (73819)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jan
Focus on the good things in your life.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
Yes, best to focus on the positive and life is so much better.
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@maezee (35272)
• United States
11 Jan
Solutions for sure!!
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@innertalks (4843)
• Australia
15 Jan
We might be in a dark room now but it doesn't mean that we cannot still let some positive light in
That's an interesting question to me too. (Should one focus on the negative or the positive?) Should we always be positive, or is striving for this state perhaps also like a desire, and so burdens us in some ways too? What is the right approach to life? Seeds fall where they may do so. Is it positive or negative where they fall, or merely just right for them to do so there where they do fall? Love empties itself into all vehicles that it can find with openings in them for it to do so. Positivity tends to keep more such openings open for love to enter you. Negativity tends to close the openings so that even the ones that you still had open, even those are now closed too. Even if all seems dark in your room, keeping an open window of positivity lets in the light, and eventually this will recolour your world for you too. So, better to be positive, if you can be I think. Change comes about when the growth factor attached to the limitation of extensibilty is encouraged to grow past its prior limitation. Without encouragement through positivity, it (the growth factor) stays the same, and so you do not change. With encouragement, this positively amounts to greater change, because of your wanting to change. This is in contrast instead to your underlyingly not really wanting to change, as you believe you cannot change for the better, as there is no better, worth changing into, unless you can prove God exists, for example, and so you then have a reason to want to change. This is being negative from the outset, without even giving positivity a go. Positively believe in God, it's better than negatively denying his existence I think. Photo Credit: The photo used here was freely sourced from the free media site: pixabay.com We might be in a dark room now, but it doesn't mean that we cannot still let some positive light in. Keep your windows open to love.
@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
Thanks for your thoughtful response! God created things to be positive and that's why we have the stars at night and even the moon which has no light was made to reflect the light of the sun.
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• Australia
16 Jan
@1hopefulman Yes, God created all things good. He was positively pleased with what he had done. At times though even God is negatively aggrieved at the way his creation has gone. He destroyed most of it in a great flood for example, at one time. God allows the negative factor to keep being alive in the world too. The world remains a dual world. All of this must somehow be a part of God's plan then. Some good must still be being achieved somehow or another from God's allowing all of this to be as it is right now, for now. Otherwise, surely, God being God could destroy the negative influencer right now, if he desired too. He allows it to remain for now to test us, and to help us to grow in discernment and wisdom, through free choice growth, not through forced growth. Both positive and negative experiences then can help us to grow more into God's love if we see the light still in both of these types of experiences which God leaves in them for us to see, when and if we develop the eyes to see this light, and the ears to hear his message, still ringing loud and clear, for us in them too. God is missing from nowhere. It's only us that push him away, so we then do not see him.
@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
@innertalks Yes, there is much we can learn from God's tolerance of evil. The time for Satan and evil is fast running out. It won't be long now!
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@WiseGhots (2972)
11 Jan
We should focus on what is good for us.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
Exactly! We should keep looking on how to improve any negative situation as that will be good for us.
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@WiseGhots (2972)
11 Jan
@1hopefulman That's the plan.
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
11 Jan
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@buenavida (8489)
• Sweden
16 Jan
Our Creator is happy, and so is His son Jesus.. at Matthew chapter 5 he talks about what makes us happy - he talks about some very important things we can do to improve our life.. there is an online Bible at jw.org
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
Yes, I hope many people will take time to read God's wonderful thoughts and instructions. We will all benefit from doing that!
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@buenavida (8489)
• Sweden
16 Jan
@1hopefulman I hope so too..It is for their own good!
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
16 Jan
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• Algeria
16 Jan
you got the point
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@1hopefulman (36170)
• Canada
17 Jan
Thank you!
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@Nevena83 (10236)
• Serbia
12 Jan
You need to think positively, but it's sometimes so difficult.
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@Tracy04 (11415)
• Malaysia
12 Jan
Amen to the words of God in the last paragraph.
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