Often we are asked “How are you?” and our immediate response is “Fine” or “Okay”. But what if we flipped the script and asked “So what’s your good news for the day?” I think we would be pleasantly surprised to have folks stop and think before they answer.
I tried a little experiment on my Facebook and Twitter accounts recently where I posted the comment “Okay need some good news, what’s your good news for the day?”
The responses were varied, but interesting (here are a few):
- I was able to wake up, look up, and stand up.
- $1.50 cheesecake slices at The Cheesecake Factory today! :)
- Had a productive day around the house (outside).
- I was able to hear from you today!!!!!
- I had a great interview today.
- I’m alive, well, and fully aware that God is in control! Can’t get much better news than that!
- I leave for China next week! *excited*
- Just finished a radio broadcast on the price of business talk radio show for CBS. It broadcasts on Sunday…that was fun!!
- President Obama’s doing a fabulous job wowing the crowd…and me on the View!
This reminds me of something I heard about the Obamas. They have a family tradition at dinner, where they play a game called “Roses and Thorns.” Everyone takes a turn describing a good thing that happened that day (rose) and a low moment or tough problem they had to deal with (thorn). This Obama family tradition is their way of taking stock of their lives — and we could all use a little of that, particularly the ROSES.
So take time to smell and listen for the roses!
That is why I am challenging you today to ask the people you come into contact with, “So, what’s your good news for the day?” Just listen and let them share…..
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