Offense is a real problem in our society. Everywhere, always, we find people squabbling over micro issues and opinions—and perhaps we’ve found ourselves caught up in it as well. It’s so prevalent that we often don’t even give it a second thought—especially when it comes to how this offense affects our ability to live a colorful and creative lifestyle.
Let’s be honest: Life is rough and the world is a cold, heartless place. It’s a perilous realm filled with all sorts of unkind, unfeeling—and yes—offensive things. And it’s inescapable. The madness however isn’t merely offense itself, but rather, our culture’s obsession with it. With the world a click away, we’re quick to gripe about the things we find offensive to anyone and everyone who will listen—no matter how small the issue. And for anyone looking to live a rich creative life, this is absolutely crippling.
Offense: A Dangerous Obsession
As you trek through life, you’re bound to encounter things you don’t like; things you may disagree with, and things that may offend you. I know it happens to me. But what’s most astounding is when people wade through the sludge of the internet actually searching for things to take offense at, and then allow it to consume them. This is the obsession we have—and it’s dangerous.
This mindset of clinging to offenses—of dying on even the smallest of hills—is ablaze with the most toxic enemy of creative flow: negativity. When we dwell in negativity, we block wonder. We block joy. We block inspiration. By indulging in this obsession and expending so much energy on our offenses, we’re suffocating the deepest part of us: the part that cries for beauty; our soul and the very birth place of our creativity.
Fostering a Positive Mindset
The truth is, nobody wants to be influenced by someone who is consumed by negativity. We want to be encouraged, uplifted, and inspired. These things only come from someone who has learned to cultivate a positive mindset.
This isn’t done by simply avoiding offense—not only because it’s impossible, but also because there are some things to stand up for. There are some occasions that merit offense. The real question is: how much energy are you going to allow these things to steal from you? How much are you going to let offense consume you before you choose to change your focus? After all, the art of being wise is learning what to overlook.
Powerful creativity is fueled by a positive mindset: an eye trained for beauty. We’ve got to stop allowing our offenses to rule us, and retrain our eyes to see and to focus on the wonder and beauty around us.
Today, I want to challenge you to make a list of ten things you’re thankful for. Look around and make the choice to be positive instead of allowing trivial offenses to rule you. See the beauty; allow yourself to wonder. If you want, you can share your ten things in the comments so we can all have a chance to appreciate them.
Regardless, I want you to be mindful of your mindset today. Take control of where you place your focus and energy—and the stream of your creativity will flow the clearer.
- Have you struggled with offense before?
- What are some things you do to try and refocus your thoughts on positive things?
- What ten things are you thankful for today?