Let’s focus on things to praise, rather than curse (@headphonaught)

I’m just in from a nice evening out in Leeds with a colleague. We’re down from Glasgow for the week to work on an urgent project. We need to speak to a number of key people and it made sense to be with them rather than speak to them on the phone.

Thank_You_CardSo far today, my colleague and I have enjoyed some fab coffee from ‘Laynes’ … some ramen and gyoza in ‘Wagamama’ … grabbed a quick half of an American microbrewery craft beer and a tasty ginger beer in ‘Friends of Ham’ (I had the ginger beer). I also managed to pick up the new ‘Low’ album in the local recordstore ‘Jumbo Records’. All done whilst walking about with my Beatles ‘Revolver’ tee on and my rain jacket firmly in my bag.

Now … this post isn’t meant to be me showing off about what I’ve been up to … but more a celebration of life and the little bits of awesome that can be found when we take a wee bit of time to look for them.

I’m not sure if the name ‘Peter Shih’ is familiar to you … but he is well known in certain parts of San Francisco … more infamous than famous, I would add. He recently went on ‘Medium’ – the blogging site that focussing on writing – and blasted off a post listing the 10 things he hated most about San Francisco. The post has subsequently been deleted by the Huff Post has the details here >> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/16/peter-shih_n_3768505.html

His expletive ridden post slags off the weather, the parking, women, the homeless, the nightlife … in fact, he pretty much has a go at everything and everyone.

Now this kind of grumpiness is not new … but the reaction to it has been rather remarkable, in my opinion. Folks in San Francisco have objected … and objected so vehemently that Shih has been on the back-foot ever since … posting a disclaimer on the piece then eventually pulling it. Unfortunately the damage was done by then.

I’m of the opinion that if you go looking for the worst in something, somewhere or even, dare-I-say, in someone … you’ll find it. Its remarkably easy to find something to complain about and … with social media … its remarkably easy to make your complaint known. It is, however, very difficult to distance yourself for these comments once they are out … its like a fart in a car … once its out, there is no way of taking it back. Trust me on that one … there is no way you can turn back the clock after you let one slip out.

As Digital Disciples I think this is particularly prevalent … and what’s more, I believe the Apostle Paul knew it too:

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4: 8-9 The Message

If we fill our minds with the best, not the worst … and focus on things to praise, rather than curse … then we won’t find ourselves in the predicament that Shih currently finds himself in.

We need to celebrate life and look for the good in every moment we have on this rather wonderful planet. As my mother used to tell me – “if you’ve not got something good to say, don’t say anything” this is advice Shih should have heeded and its advice I take to heart. As Digital Disciples, I hope you will do the same.

– Tx

About headphonaught

Follower of Jesus. Husband. Father. Son. Photographer. Co-host of the Something Beautiful podcast. Advocate for independent music & awesomeness. Founder of the weareallghosts netlabel and the circumambient podcast.