Think Thumbs Up

So who put thumbs down to Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude by Yo-Yo Ma?  Who put thumbs down to Luciano Pavarotti?

These had to be people looking for a place they could put a "thumbs down." 😭

When I was younger I didn't appreciate Classical music or opera, but even back then, when hearing Bach done by Yo-Yo Ma or opera by Pavarotti, I wouldn't have put a thumbs down because I've always understood it's incredible and it's talent even though maybe not fully my style at that time.

NOW, I love to listen to both and think they are incredibly romantic and beautiful .  

When I see the people that put the thumbs down and wonder WHO would do that, I can't help but think I never want to be that person looking for ways to verbally, or even in my thought life, be someone who is a "thumbs down" kind of person.  Looking for the worst in people.  Picking out the one or two things I disagree with and harping on that. 

Here's the thing...I bet we all at times have been a "thumbs down" kind of person, but let's change that.  

Let's be those that find the best in others.  Let's be those that remember what our moms taught us, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Let's go throughout our day looking for places we can put our "thumbs UP" instead.  Let's try this with light little things, and let's go for it even in areas it might be harder for us.  Let's just do this! 👍

A good way to get motivated to do just this, is to start by absorbing these verses from the Bible: 

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 and "As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them." Luke 6:31  and "Love one another with brotherly affection.  Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10 and "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."  Romans 12:18 and  "Love (our greatest "call") is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails...."  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
— Mum