Have time to complain?

“If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.”
-Anthony J. D’Angelo

Good morning! I don’t know about you, but I have made a few observations. (1) A lot of people like to complain-they almost seem addicted to complaining, chaos or negativity. (2) Often we are too busy to just “stop” and be thankful!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, with its absence of stressors like presents and high expectations. It reminds us all to STOP and celebrate what we have instead of what we want.

I think many of us could benefit from a few more “Thanksgivings” throughout the year. In our home, we began celebrating the twentieth of each month (chosen at random) as Thankfulness day. Then we even prepare a special dinner and spend our time thinking of all we are grateful. Sammy and I take turns being the designated “journal keeper,” writing down each gratitude, who said it, and the date. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, we share our “Family Gratitude Journal.”

Your Turn: Whether you are a family of one or 100, designate one night a month to celebrating thankfulness. I have found when I anticipate recording items I am thankful for I appreciate more and more each day. We tend to find what we look for-begin looking for life’s blessings.

Today’s Affirmation: I am thankful for today.


Have time to complain? — 1 Comment

  1. I TOTALLY agree with you Brook! It is very easy to complain isn’t it? Just like it is very easy to blame others for our shortcomings or problems! I recently had a long conversation with both of my sons (ages 7 and 13) about this. They are both very fast to blame one another for yelling or for they themselves getting punished for something they did! I was soo tired of it! SO…… I told them both to BUCK UP, GROW UP, and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS, FEELINGS, & THOUGHTS! Imagine if everyone in the world would do that what a wonderful world this would be! This is a work in progress here.

    I am also one for blaming others or situations for the way I feel, as probably most of us are on occasion. I am irritated because the woman in front of me has 25 things in a 10 or less express lane and I am in a hurry, the kids are driving me crazy,the doctor is making me wait 30+ minutes before I get into the office etc etc. You get the picture! I have total autonomy over my thoughts, my feelings, and my actions. Me and me alone…no one else. No one else can make me mad, scream, or make me throw something! I am the reason for those actions if I choose to partake in them! Sure, it would be very easy to blame others for my anger and frustration, but it is ultimately MY choice to feel that way!

    We always have a choice in how we act or react to a situation. A choice. A choice to be negative or a choice to be positive and see something good in a situation. I choose to be positive! What about you?

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