My employer purchased and moved us to a new building this week which has been interesting. Before we had two facilities here in town and so the goal was bring everybody together under one roof. I was one of the first groups to start at the new place because of my schedule while everyone will start there on Monday.

One of the interesting things to observe is the way people respond to change. In many ways this move was a negative for me personally, it actually doubled my driving distance for one, yet once I got there the complaints of others just sounded silly. Here are some of the complaints that I heard:

1) The new cubes are tiny
2) The building is still under construction
3) It’s too bright

Let me address a few of these just to put things in perspective. First, yes the building is still under construction; they are installing a beautiful glass staircase that will lead to the upper floors. It wasn’t ready for us when we arrived and so people who needed to access the upper floors had to use the emergency stairwells. Second, the new cubes are not that much smaller; in fact sitting in one it feels just about the right size since they have moved all of our computers to the floor which frees up a lot of the space. There is still plenty of space for books, manuals, and personal items. In fact I rather like the desks because they have installed some really great features: the new mounts for the monitors are amazing! They have a ton of flexibility and can be moved to all kinds of positions and adjusted for the height of everyone. One of the guys on my team is 6’5″ and he is able to get the monitors to the height that is good for him.  As to the new space being too bright, that is a personal preference and while it is brighter than our old place, people will adapt to the new.

The interesting thing is that people choose to have a negative attitude over something so small. Instead of focusing on the positive aspects of the move they choose to dwell on the negative and spend their time in the past. But the past is the past – you can’t get it back and really, would you want to? One of the commands we are given in Philippians 4:8 says:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

We should be dwelling on the good things, not the bad. We need to fill our minds with what is pure and lovely, commendable and honorable. We should find ourselves spending our thought power on those things that will build us, and others up, not tear us down. A great excercise that Hannah used to do was to sit down and write out ten things to be thankful for that day. It forced her to think about the good things and not the bad and it gave her a way of praising God for all his blessings. Give it a try, and see if you can’t praise God for the good things in your life.