And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
How much time is spent thinking about what is false, and disgraceful, and wrong, and distorted, and disdainful? How often do we dwell on the terrible and uninspiring? We can’t control much of what goes on around us, but we do get to choose the way we respond to and reflect upon our circumstances.
If your default position is negativity, the people around you will likely either copy you (because they’ve found a kindred spirit) or avoid you (for obvious reasons). Much of what Paul wrote was written in prison. It would have been easy for him to focus on stern warnings and a bleak outlook. Instead he took a longer view, celebrated what was praiseworthy & encouraged us to do the same.
Life and work will contain missteps and outright defeats. You can let them kill your spirit or you can embrace them & make them part of your narrative.