I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to focus on gratitude. Life doesn’t always go the way I want, and so I was working on shifting focus to what is good and right in my life. I was making an effort to notice how often I complain, including all the murmuring to myself in my head, and change that. Do you know what? That takes a lot of self-control.
Well, I’m done. All those people that go around talking about gratitude–they’re full of it. They must have perfect lives. I’m tired of being stuck inside in this winter vortex junk. Tired of life’s challenges. I’m going back to complaining.
I’ve come up with five, yes, five awesome reasons to complain. Who’ll join me?
1. Complaining helps me be happy.
Don’t you know that the more I complain, the happier I get? For example, say I stumble over my kids’ toys. I get grumpy and start complaining to myself. With each minute of complaining, I get happier and happier until I’m singing the praises of my children.
2. Complaining gets me what I want.
Haven’t you experienced it? People get nicer and more helpful the more you complain. The people who work in customer service want to go all out to help you when you’re being obnoxious.
3. Complaining benefits my health.
My husband leaves work clothes on the floor. The more I stew about them, my body relaxes. My muscles loosen. Headaches recede.
4. Complaining makes me fun to be around.
So, I keep thinking about how insensitive it is of my tired husband to leave his clothes on the floor, and I become crabby and short-tempered with my sons. My kids just love a crabby mother!
5. Complaining solves everything.
That’s right. I sure can affect a lot of change with my complaining! As I continue to gripe, my problems become smaller. They disappear. Ah!
Frankly, it takes too much self-control to be thankful all the time. You want me to stop myself in mid-thought and change my attitude? No thanks. I’ll just stick to complaining. After all, I have five great reasons to keep it up!