June 6

Reflection

It is hopeful to focus on the human potential for good. Rather than allowing ourselves to be overcome by the sensational or disturbing events reported daily, we can focus on those people whose actions show the human capacity for nobility, integrity, courage, and compassion. They encourage us by demonstrating how others have found ways of coping, overcoming hardship, responding to difficult situations, and offering help in thoughtful and constructive ways.  They remind us that we each hold the power to impact our world positively and we have the capacity to shape our destiny, and to make our own lives worthy of emulation.

Prayer

Let your light shine before others.
Matthew 5:13-16.

Action

Think of people both public and private whose lives exemplify what is best in our human nature. What do you admire in them? What encourages you? What can you do in your own sphere of relationships?

Suggested Reading

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.
Matthew 5:13-16

Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.
Pope Francis

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
Catherine of Siena

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
Thich Nhat Hanh

I have never, ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive.
Sonia Sotomayor

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
Michelle Obama

Be a force of love as often as you can and turn away negative thoughts whenever you feel them surface.
Wayne Dyer

People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
Eckhart Tolle 

Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.
Oprah Winfrey

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