“The huge problems we deal with every day are actually really small. We’re so focused on what bothers us
that we don’t even try to see our lives from a clearer perspective.”
– Susane Colasanti
I saw the above picture on Facebook yesterday. The “someecards” are meant to be funny usually. But every now and then, one pops up that is spot freakin’ on.
(I don’t mean to be snarky with this blog, but if the snark slips out, so be it.)
We humans sure are a bunch of complainers aren’t we? Don’t believe me? Go scroll through your Facebook for a minute or two. Seriously. Go right now and scroll. I’ll bet you $100 and a Snickers that you’ll see someone complaining about something. I’m not saying I’m not guilty of it myself at times. I am. But some people just seem to be pros. For real.
“The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining about how yellow everything looks.”
– Randall Jarrell
How much truth there is in that quote. Sometimes I think we just forget to realize how incredibly blessed we are. And this week is one of those weeks that should drive that point home for you. And if it hasn’t yet, then maybe it should start now. Ask yourself a few questions. For instance – Are your limbs still intact? Are your loved ones still around you? Do you still have a place to work? To live? Have you gone through the week without being a firsthand eye-witness to a bloody, fiery trauma?
If your answer is yes to those questions, then I’d say you’re in pretty good shape.
Now, I’m not saying people are sick of hearing you complaining. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Hey, it’s your life – it’s your Facebook – it’s your soapbox. Do what you will. You’re allowed. But, that’s not my point.
My point is that for you – for your own well-being and your own peace of mind – you should probably stop complaining about things that, in the grand scheme, are really not that big of a deal. And you know they’re not. It’s really hard to find peace within yourself if you’re constantly in turmoil. And that’s what complaining is. It’s turmoil. Give yourself (and – ok, I’ll say it – everyone else) a break, why don’t ya? Chill out. Relax. Be calm. Recognize.
Look around you. See what others have been through in our country in this one little week. One week filled with so much devastation. Fall down on your knees and be grateful and appreciative. Go hug your kids. Go kiss your spouse. Go pet your dog. Take a big, deep breath and exhale gratitude.
“Remember, if you are criticizing, you are not being grateful. If you are blaming, you are not being grateful. If you are complaining, you are not being grateful.”
– Rhonda Byrne