Be Grateful for the Good

The good is just as real as the bad

Brian Tubbs


A woman considers what she has to be thankful for — image via MidJourney

There is plenty of bad in the world and our lives. There are plenty of things to upset or discourage us.

Do you know what is also true?

There is plenty of good in the world and our lives.

The good is just as real as the bad.

Emotionally healthy people discipline their thoughts to focus on the positives in life.

This is good advice whether we’re talking about minor things or serious matters.

My dad died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 49. I was 21 at the time. I’m now older than my dad was when he passed. I still miss him.


Starting in 1992 (the year he died) and continuing ever since, I’ve chosen to focus on the good.

Rather than focus on his passing, I focus on his life. Rather than dwell on the fact that he didn’t live to see me graduate from college, get married, or have children (his grandchildren), I focus on the wonderful father he was to me — and how I’ve learned to be a dad because of him.

When you have car problems, do what you have to do (legally and ethically, of course) to get the car fixed. But be thankful that you have transportation.

Had a bad day at your job? Be thankful you have a job. Some people don’t.

When I get aches and pains in my body, I’m thankful that I have a relatively healthy body — at least for a guy in his mid-fifties. I can walk, talk, think, smell, taste, see, hear, and so forth. Some people can’t say that.

Be thankful for the good in your life.

No matter how frustrating or difficult the bad stuff can get, the good is just as real as the bad.

And, if we’re honest, the good almost always is greater than the bad.

Be grateful for the good.

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