What are you thankful for today, for any day? Have you thought about that at all? Today, I realized something about not only myself, but also many of the people around me. We love to focus on the negative and that leads us to wasting many of our breaths complaining. We complain about the weather, an exam next class, our horrible $500 cellphone that is sooo slow, and how a million other things are just absolutely awful.
Now, I cannot stand here and ridicule everyone for complaining; I, myself, complain about 800 times every day and, recently, I’ve begun to notice when I complain mostly because I tried to give it up for Lent. Try giving it up for just a single day, it’s hard. The hardest part about giving up complaining is still going out with friends or acquaintances and staying quiet as they complain. I think it is everyone in society’s natural response to complain about something else, perhaps something much worse, when someone complains to us. This game of ‘who has it worse’ is infectious and it’s why I had problems giving up my bad habit. I tried to avoid the negative conversations when my friends started. They would usually notice when I did not chime in where I normally would have ranted for hours. Ultimately, I failed at this task and have sort have given up my Lenten goal; however, as Lent comes to a close, I want to try again.
I want to get rid of this especially bad habit that brings me down because all I can focus on most days are the negatives of my life. But why? There are so many things that I have to be grateful for, from basic things like a roof over my head and clothes on my back to more complex things like having a smartphone or laptop. Hundreds of people would die to have so many of the things that I take for granted.
Today, I decided I’m going to try my Lenten goal of giving up complaining again. Maybe I’ll succeed this time or maybe I’ll be unsuccessful again. If I do fail, I hope that I get up, realize all the good in my life, and try again.