Friday, October 29, 2010

Why Waste Time Complaining - Be Positive

Sorry, but I have not been inspired to write this week.  Sometimes, thoughts overrun in my head, but this week, not much seems valuable.  I got up this morning at 7 a.m. and now I'm at my local Starbucks.  It is 50 degrees, with crystal clear skies and it is just a gorgeous day.  I hate to see daylight savings time come to an end in a week.

I do understand one specific need.  Right now the kids are waiting on the school buses in the dark.  That's not a safe thing, so that is the only real important reason to move the time back in my mind.  I sure don't like it getting dark by 6 pm, but in the big picture, it really doesn't matter.

You know, we can find plenty to complain about if we want to, but why do we want to spend so much time on something so worthless?  Complaining about meaningless stuff is a downer for everyone you discuss it with.  I'm sure you have someone in your life that comes to mind when I mention a "constant complainer".  When you think about the drudgery of being around that person that complains about the small stuff in life, doesn't it make you want to avoid that person?

That's one reason I really don't like spend much time discussing politics with people.  A good rule of thumb is "Don't complain about things that you are not willing to take the time and effort to change."  The other is, "Don't complain if you don't have a solution to offer." The vast majority that complain about politics don't vote on a regular basis, and they certainly don't educate themselves about this issues or candidates.  The only input for them is the news channel.

There are a couple of activities that you can vent your frustrations about, knowing that you aren't going to be able to change things, and it is still fun - television shows (especially reality TV, because you know a lot of it is predetermined for the best ratings) and sports.  People who are really plugged into a TV show, get engrossed in the characters and "know" how they want specific situations to turn out.  For the sports enthusiast, they have their favorite sports and favorite teams.  Every player, no matter how good they are, have bad games and nothing goes right.  It is very frustrating as a fan, but I know that it is even more frustrating as the player or team when they perform poorly.  When things don't go our way, we want to express what we would have done differently.  It is totally subjective and the overcome of your ideas will never be proven, so it is a lot of fun to speculate and express you meaningless opinions.

Go out and make someone's day by doing something special for them.  You won't hear complaining from someone who receives an unexpected gift from you.

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