From Rev. Arlene

It seems like so many of us love to complain about the weather. It is either too hot or too cold, too rainy or not enough rain. Too cloudy or too sunny. The list goes on and on and on.

Yet we would all agree that there is nothing we can do about the weather. No matter how much we complain, we cannot change it. Yes, sometimes it is exceptionally hot (as it was this week in the Southwest) or cold, rainy or dry. Stating a fact is not complaining. When temperatures reach over 100 degrees, it is hot. That is a fact. However, complaining over and over again about it, is no longer stating a fact and in truth, just makes it feel even hotter.

The same is true if you are in a restaurant and the waiter brings you something different than what you ordered. Stating the fact that it is not what you ordered is different than complaining about it long after it has been corrected.

Complaining is a negative emotion that never makes any situation better and usually makes everything worse, not just for the person who is doing complaining, but for everyone around them. What is even worse, it can be contagious. Hang around someone who complains a lot and you might find yourself complaining as well – whether you want to or not!

How can we make sure this does not happen to us?

Become aware of our speech and keep negative, complaining people at a distance. Be vigilant and make sure it is not us spreading this universal dis-ease into our world.

Quote of the week

“Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.” Randy Pausch

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