This political season, I’ve heard too many candidates talk about what they are fighting against. Too few describe what they’re running for.
In sports, I always prefer to be with fans who cheer for their team rather than against an opponent. One demonstrates good sportsmanship, whereas the other results in a demoralizing drain on energy.
I prefer to be around religious people who strive for enlightenment rather than ranting against darkness.
I prefer to be protected by a police force that works for law and order, rather than merely fighting against crime.
I prefer being with friends who are quick to give a compliment for someone’s benefit rather than engaging in malicious gossip against other people.
I prefer having colleagues who work for fulfilling the company’s mission rather than sniping against inane policies and procedures.
When we decide to be either for or against something, we are actually determining whether we will tap into positive energy that builds, or into negative energy that destroys. Granted, when someone stands for something, he or she usually is against the antithesis of what they are for. The corollary, though, is not always true. People can be against something without knowing what are actually for.
What do you stand for? What do you stand against? Your answers will define who you are as a friend, as a professional and even as a person.