Driving in and out of my neighborhood, it never fails that my eyes get drawn to the nastiest of yards. There are beautiful yards as well, probably the majority of them, but for some reason my eyes don't notice them anymore unless I specifically make myself look for them. My husband says the same thing, although when we have company over, the first thing they tell us is how beautiful our neighborhood is! It always amazes us. Did they not notice all those unruly, overgrown yards and houses in disrepair? Our neighborhood is older and the yards are much larger than in new subdivisions. The homes sit amidst a very natural setting with lots of trees, so I can see where someone who doesn't frequent the drive through on a regular basis, might only notice the general setting and not the details.
This got me to thinking.....in so many cases, the negatives end up outweighing the positives when the negatives repeatedly get thrown at us. There tends to be a multiplication factor that develops which depends on the frequency of hits. ie.....rainy days: You could have just experienced a month of beautiful sunny weather, but one week of rain hits you, and you complain that it's been raining forever.
This theory could probably apply to most negative or unfavorable things in our lives. So why does the negative seem to receive more attention? Are we programmed to only want the positive? But, if we only had the positive, would we enjoy it as much?
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