“Wherever you are, be all there.”
— Jim Eliot

One of the toughest things in life, I’ve found in my twenty-four years, is separating the impact of bad feelings from the good things in life. We come home from work not having had a good day and we have that tough time transitioning from office frustration to home comfort. All of a sudden the “common good” is out of view; we can’t see past the dull pain of our headache.

But look at it this way. Every experience is different. And all of those experiences strung together are, well, life. When we fail to separate from the bad things in life, we contaminate those other worthwhile experiences that are offered to us. We miss out on the gifts, skills, and talents other people have to offer us as well as our own abilities sometimes.

From now on, be present for every experience you have. As Tim McGraw might say, “Live Like You Were Dyin’.” You never know which day is your last. And to make this relevant to the blog — uh, look for the common good in all situations. It’s there.