The following is an entry from The Christophers’ new “Three Minutes a Day” book:
“It is [your critics] that are really the losers, for is anything sweeter than the inward joy that comes from thinking well of others.”
That quote was spoken by St. Thérèse of Lisieux who placed great emphasis on focusing on people’s positive qualities, even people who aggravated her.
It’s an attitude that resonated with Marc Foley, O.C.D., author of the book The Love That Keeps Us Sane. He writes, “What has dwelling on your neighbor’s faults ever brought into your life? Did it bring peace…beauty…or joy? Didn’t it rather…poison your capacity to see goodness and beauty in life? And when we deprive ourselves of seeing goodness and beauty, do we not deprive ourselves of two of the wellsprings of joy?”
Joy has come to me through the Holy One. (Baruch 4:22)
Open my eyes to Your goodness in everyone, Lord.