“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”

Roy T. Bennett

Imagine you’re walking down a quiet street, alone, in the middle of a bustling city. The noise is deafening, a cacophony of sounds, creating a symphony that only urban life can compose. You weave through the crowd, lost in your own thoughts, oblivious to the faces passing by. Now, consider this: what if you could turn this everyday routine into a transformative experience? What if every face you saw in the crowd held a story, a lesson, a different perspective that could color your world in vibrant hues?

Life is much like a kaleidoscope. Each twist, each turn, each flicker of light, it all contributes to the stunning mosaic of colors. And the key to unlocking this fascinating spectacle? It’s as simple as recognizing the good in other people. It’s like flipping a switch—one moment, you’re trudging through the monotone greys, and the next, you’re bathing in the myriad colors of human goodness.

Is it easy? Not always. It’s often like trying to find a melody in the noise. But when we train our ears to listen, the noise isn’t noise anymore. It transforms into a symphony, a concert of sounds that resonates with a rhythm only you can understand. Similarly, recognizing the good in others is like tuning into a frequency of positivity, kindness, and understanding.

We’ve all come across people who we’ve painted with a broad brush of negativity due to a single encounter. Perhaps, it’s the taxi driver who was a little rude, or the co-worker who always seems too busy to lend a helping hand. But imagine, for a moment, if we chose to see beyond that one-dimensional view. Like a photographer zooming out to capture the broader landscape, we would see the richness and diversity of their lives. Maybe that taxi driver had a long, hard day, or perhaps the co-worker is juggling more responsibilities than you can imagine.

Seeing the good in others is not about wearing rose-colored glasses or being blissfully ignorant of the flaws and imperfections that make us human. It’s about developing a broader perspective, a panoramic view, if you will. Just as a mountaineer who has climbed the highest peaks can appreciate the beauty of the vast valley below, once we climb the mountain of understanding and empathy, life unfurls itself in all its splendor, and we can marvel at the breathtaking spectacle it truly is.

As we change our lens, life doesn’t just become easier; it becomes more beautiful. It’s like living in a world painted by Van Gogh, with every stroke of the brush revealing another layer of complexity and beauty. In this world, each person we meet is an opportunity to discover a new color, a new shade, a new texture that enriches the canvas of our lives.

This is the magic of seeing the good in other people. It doesn’t just change the world around us, it changes us. And isn’t that the most profound transformation of all?

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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