Getting the expected

It’s a universal truth: he who seeks finds.

There’s a story of a wise shop clerk who tended an old general store in a small mid-west town.

One day, the old gentlemen greeted a stranger at the cash register.

“New to town?”

“I am!” The stranger replied. “Just relocated here with my family.”

“Well, then! Let me be the first to welcome you!” the old man offered, extending his hand.

“Thanks. Hey! I was wondering, what are the people like in this town?”

“Well… what were they like where you came from?” the clerk asked.

“Oh, they were fantastic!  We hated to leave! Open, friendly, generous – just the best!”

“Yep! I know what you mean,” the clerk nodded. ”That’s pretty much what you’ll find here too.”

A couple of days later, another stranger ambled into the old store. Like the first, he picked up a few household items and met the shopkeeper at the cash register.

“New to town?”

“hmm? …yeah.”

“Well then, let me be the first to welcome you!”

The stranger hesitated, then reluctantly shook the old man’s hand without meeting his eye. “So. What are the people like around here?”

“Well… what were they like where you came from?”

“Stand-offish,” he replied. “Cold, aloof. Small-minded. We were glad to get out of there.”

“Yep, I know what you mean,” the clerk nodded. ”That’s pretty much what you’ll find here too.”

If you look for the bad in people, you’ll find the complainers, whiners and malcontents. But if you look for the good, you’ll discover the neighborly, the beneficent, the generous.

Choose to find, promote, and celebrate the good in people. And together we’ll accomplish what the naysayers cannot.