When Mathew Henry, an English clergyman and noted Bible commentator was robbed, he had a very enlightening view. He prayed, "I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because they took my all it was not much and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed." What unique perspective!
My house was robbed last year. Although I was not home and none of my family was, I felt violated. Oh, I was thankful... (somewhat, if I'm honest). I was thankful my dogs were aggressive and kept the burglars out of 90% of my house. The burglars took several things of value, including guns, and I was thankful they didn't use the guns on my dogs. Evidence left behind indicated the burglars left the house after the dogs discovered them and appeared to have chased them out. Thus, they only broke into one room. The dogs got extra treats that night and I even let them sleep on the bed that night with us!
I don't know what emotions Mathew Henry felt after he was robbed, I only know he was able to put them into perspective in a way that I tremendously admire. He was robbed and the robbers took all his belongings, yet he found four silver linings. He didn't just find one bright spot, he found four!
In business we should strive to find the bright spots no matter what news or events come our way. Managers and employees alike need reminders that someone is looking out for them. Isn't it our responsibility in HR to put things into perspective and refocus attention on things that matter, things that are under our control, things we can influence, things we can change? We should strive to stop wasting energy finding someone to blame or something to complain about and refocus energy into positive things much like Mathew Henry. What a valuable lesson he taught!