Even though we are seeing some good news peeking through the headlines…green shoots…as some people are calling them, lots of folks are still talking about all the bad stuff.
I understand. We aren’t out of the woods yet on a whole range of issues; global, national, state, personal, but we can see glimmers of light.
Not long ago I ran into a friend who said, “Tell me something good.” I discovered that that is now his basic greeting to almost everyone. Making “Tell me something good” your opening greeting is a great habit to get into for a couple of reasons.
First, it puts you into a positive frame of mind. Second, it startles a lot people who are walking around just waiting to spread bad news or pessimism. Next, it puts the other person in a positive mood. Finally, and most important, it makes you what Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) calls a “transition person.” You are creating a transition from negative energy to positive energy. And that is an extraordinarily good thing.
So, tell me something good!