Find the Good in Everyone

My grandmother, seeing the goodI am writing this post from 30,000 feet and listening to Christmas music—yes, Christmas music. I can’t help it. I grew up in a home where it felt like Christmas music was playing each and every day. I am a romantic when it comes to this. I also can’t believe that it is the Holiday Season already and that Thanksgiving is next week. Where does the time go? As I often do on planes, I am reflecting on my friends and family and just how much I am thankful for them. This is the season to reflect and give thanks, and I thank all of you for being you!

So, up here in the clouds, I’m listening to the song “Thankful” by Josh Groban, and a particular verse has caught my attention:

 
 
 
Even with our differences There is a place we’re all connected Each of us can find each other’s light  
 
 
This verse reminded me of my late grandmother, a true patriot who welded Liberty ships in World War II, eight months pregnant with my father.

She used to tell me “Lonnie, there is good in everyone, and I mean everyone, and it’s up to you to find it!”

Welding WWII Ships

My grandmother was relentless about this, and if I ever complained about anyone she would remind me of this quickly and sternly as only she could do. To this very day when I meet someone that doesn’t necessarily align with my core values I can hear her words and I am thankful for them.

Even with our differences There is a place we’re all connected Each of us can find each other’s light

This has become a way of life for me and, at its core, a challenge that gives meaning to each and every day. The journey to find the good in others reveals the best in what humanity has to offer. It’s the “light,” the “good,” that connects us all. It’s in all of us. Personally, I choose to show it and to find it.

Finding the good is the adventure that keeps life interesting and, once discovered, it’s the gift that keeps us moving forward. So, this Holiday Season—and this applies to our business lives as well as our personal lives—choose to find each other’s light and discover the gift, the good, that’s in all of us.