“Complaining is easy. The challenge is to break the old patterns and celebrate life instead.”… Susanne
It’s easy to find things to complain about. We don’t even need to read the news to do that. Just as there is something that makes each person smile there is also something in the world that makes each person frown. For some it’s the weather … too sunny … or not sunny enough. For others it’s the shenanigans of our politicians … too “liberal” … or too “conservative”. And then there are the everyday complaints about pay rates, bosses, grumpy co-workers and partners and life in general. Wow … it does indeed seem like the list is virtually endless.
One thing about coming through huge upheaval is that … whether it’s medical, a personal tragedy or just a complete blow-up of your life … you come out of the other side of aforementioned tragedy with a much greater appreciation of what makes up “the small stuff”. Afterwards life just seems to be a whole lot clearer … small irritations tend to migrate to their appropriate place at the bottom of the pile … and you end up understanding what gratitude is really all about.
It seems to me that complaining about anything … and everything … is really just a bad habit. I think that it’s something that we pick up in our youth from peers or older adults … and then we don’t know how to get rid of it. Perhaps the first step is to start paying more attention to the words that come out of our mouths. I bet that if we really heard ourselves … we’d be not only pretty astonished … but also pretty darn embarrassed.
I consider myself to be really quite fortunate. Throughout the last decade or so Life has placed some pretty enormous People-Mirrors around me so that I could see really clearly what my grumpy patterns looked like and hear with crystal clarity how unsupportive my complaints really sounded. Of course Miss Perky provides the perfect counterpoint to any negativity that may creep in … and as Miss Martha Stewart would say: “And that’s a good thing!” All-in-all my life is good and after all of the water that has trickled … raced … and/or cascaded under my bridge I am happy to report that my complaints are minimal … my old grumpy patterns are predominantly a thing of the past … and I am cheerfully celebrating life … with Capital “L” Life … every day.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone