If we spent as much time looking for joy as we do looking for fear, the world would change permanently.

When we feel hurt, sad, or frightened, people immediately ask, “What’s wrong?” And of course our very good minds will come up with lots and lots of reason why we feel bad, lots and lots of things that make us feel sad, and all sorts of things to scare ourselves with. We have been trained to believe that paying attention to loss, misery, anxiety and despair is far more “realistic” than just paying attention to success, joy, confidence and hope. But why? If everything is random, then it should not matter too much what we pay attention to, or don’t; and if our reality actually responds to what we think, what we imagine, what we believe and hope, then it makes more sense to live being more aware of joy than grief, more aware of success than failure, and more aware of what is good in our lives than perpetually answering that question, “What’s wrong?

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