Rule #5: I Shall Not Complain

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” _Maya Angelou (Quoted in One Month to Live, by Kerry and Chris Shook)


Even in the northwest when “cold snaps” or “cold spells” (As in, “We’re going through a cold spell.”) means that the temperate is hovering near or below 0, it’s still not okay to complain.

Call out the fact that it is -10 with a windchill of -40?  Certainly. (If not overdone.)  I’d said that’s worth mentioning.

Commiserate? Absolutely.  Nobody wants to hear about your recent hemorrhoid surgery—but commiserating to your neighbor about the bad weather? Certainly, you’re in that together. (Misery does occasionally like a little company.)

Confessing?  As in acknowledging that you need help. That’s usually okay too.  Most people are pretty decent about that—and, at least at some level, are willing to help people with a legitimate need.

But complaining.  Absolutely not.  Complaining is all about self.  Our comfort, our concerns, what we want. 

People have their own problems.  They don’t need or want to hear your whining about the weather raining on your little pity party. 

The ONE THING for today: Live by Rule #5 which state, “I shall not complain.”

Doing your part in creating a no-complaint zone around you is a sure-fired method for making the world a better and happier place.

Photo by Markos Mant on Unsplash

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