Finding Fault // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

A military inspection was being conducted at the U.S. Army’s guided missile school in Huntsville, Alabama.

Everything went smoothly, until the colonel stopped in front of one of the soldiers in line.

“Button that pocket, trooper!” he shouted.

The rattled solder stammered, “R-r-r-right now, sir?”

“Of course, right now!” the colonel bellowed.

So, very carefully, the soldier reached out and buttoned the flap on the colonel’s shirt pocket!

It certainly is easier to point out the faults of others and ignore our own.

My mother always said, “When you are pointing a finger at somebody else, there are always three fingers pointing back at you!”

Here’s an important truth — you find what you’re looking for.

I recently asked a group of people to look for anything “red” in the room. “How many red things can you find in 60 seconds?” I asked.

“I found twelve!” said one. “24!” said another. “I saw 32!” a third person chimed.

“Now,” I asked, “How many blue things did you see?”

Silence. They were so busy looking focusing on the red, that they didn’t have time to consider the blue.

In any situation, if you are looking for faults, you will find them! If you’re looking for the good, you’ll find that too!

The next time you’re tempted to find fault with another person — start by looking in the mirror.

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