What Do We Have to Complain About

Do we ever really look at ourselves before we speak out…

As I awoke this morning to start a new day, I ask myself was I indeed thankful for a new opportunity and a new day of life; or was I going to start complaining about all the things I had to do today. Maybe some of us didn’t rest all that well and we awoke with a ‘crick’ in our neck or back or maybe something else caused us not to rest well. Maybe the baby got us up at 4 AM and we couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards. How about, that Geometry test that’s scheduled today and we didn’t studied sufficiently for it. Or, maybe we awoke thinking how are we supposed to make ends meet this week; the money seems to have run out before the month has…

something wrong?
something wrong?

Others just don’t get it

In each situation of mis-fortune we have the tendency to feel that we are all alone in our plight, others just don’t get it, my situation is different from most, or ‘why me’ all the time some might say. I have found that complaining is not just unique to America. In fact, it is universal and the tendency of complaining appears to be increasing, rather than decreasing in frequency. Just check out any social web site and you will see more people complaining about ‘this or that’ than you will finding anyone thankful for the mere fact of being alive, or having a new opportunity today to correct something wrong in our lives.

Are you one to blame others or can you 'take it on the chin'?

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We are suppose to complain...

‘It’s the American way…” I was told recently, we are supposed to complain and blame others. It helps justify our position. Heck, if the president can do it, why can’t we… (Oooo, we don’t want to go there now do we?) Maybe it’s easier to complain or blame someone else than it is to take the ‘rap’ on the chin or try to offer a positive solution. One woman stated that it took less energy to complain—I don’t know about that, but it does seem to be the thing to do and is more prevalent these days it seems than it is to deal with our problems head on.

We just have one other choice!

But what about choice? Don’t we have a choice to, either grip and complain about our situation or just bite our lip and go on? I am noted to use a certain little ‘salutation’ when I meet someone, and find I often catch people, without a word of response. I generally greet people; friend or stranger with “Are you having a good day…” and before they have a chance to respond I generally add, “I sure hope so, because we just have one other choice!“ In other words, if we do not choose to have a good day, we must have chosen to have a bad day instead. Now who would intentionally do that? We all make that choice each day when we awaken and often that choice sets our attitude for the day.

It seems to be more prevalent than it use to be

I heard a poem earlier in life, but now I can’t seem to put my finger on it. One little phrase I remember went like this: “I oft complained about my shoes, ‘til I met a man who had no feet…” Then last night at church my pastor mentioned, “We can live under the circumstances or we can have a ‘can do’ mentality and rise above our circumstances…” This very fact was brought home this morning when I received an email from another friend of mine. The email had a video about a man who was born without arms or legs and at first we think, “well how could he do this, or that”—but you see Nick Vujicic is no complainer. In fact you will see he has a very fulfilling life. He has chosen to not live under his circumstances, but rather with God’s help to rise above. He has a ‘can do’ mentality. If this man with his disabilities can feel like this about his life each day, why can’t we?

© 2010 SamSonS

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Thank you for sharing this uplifting, unbelievably inspiring video with Nick. Only a person made of stone could fail to respond to it.

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Pinkchic18 6 years ago from Minnesota

A very good hub! It's hard to admit we're wrong sometimes, and it's easy to take things for granted too. Nicely done here.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

W O W !!! you are fast drbj. I just posted this and was about to go to profile when my computer alerted me to an incoming email, I said, 'nah, too soon" and there was your comment. Thank you for your rapid reply and encouragement...

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Pinkchic18, for your visit and your nice comments...

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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

We all think we have things to complain about. We forget to appreciate the little things in life, like having to arms, two hands, two legs and two feet. We complain about the weather, when we have shelter from the cold, the rain, the snow, and the heat of summer. We are so blessed by God and we don't even know it. Great hub. It makes us stop to realize just how blessed we are. We have so much! Blessings.

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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Hi samsons1, Awesome article. I've seen the video before it is amazing. Sometimes I get in a complaining mood and this is a great reminder. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

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loriamoore 6 years ago

What's that old expression, "The best way to forget about your own problems is to help somebody else with theirs."? We are extremely blessed and the Lord wants us to worry or fear of nothing.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Kristeen, Sky & loriamoore for your visits and your gracious comments...

May God bless each of you.

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I woudn't have believed it. That someone with his limitations could live a life that inspires the way he does is utterly amazing. I see the love of the Father all over him. I see a life of purpose that MOST without his limitations never even approach. Thank you for sharing this!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you fred, I too was astonished - and to hear he didn't complain. May God bless him and us as we labor for Him...

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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Samson awesome hub dear brother. When I was raising our 4 I would tell them that no matter what happens in life you always have choices you can either choose to get better or bitter. The difference is you either see with the eyes of eternity thus the better or choose to make it all about you the "I" and become bitter. Voted up and awesome!!

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

good hub - great attitude!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Judicastro & carolina muscle, for your encouraging comments...

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I agree with you, I have to look my self before speak. This is related with attitude. If we want to be appreciated we have to appreciate others, so they welcome with us. Good work, my friend. Vote this up.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks prasetio30, for your nice remarks...

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with great insights to ponder. Truly Godliness with contentment is a great gain.I believe each day we wake up the very first thin we should do is to praise and thank God for the new day. We will never run out of things to thank God for. WE should rather count the blessings. Have a great day and regards.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks cristina327, for your visit and your nice remarks. Blessings to you & yours...

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Wow, this is inspiring. I once read that God can't bless you while you are complaining. That helped to stop a whole lot of my being disgruntle. I think complaining and or positiveness is a decision and some times is taught as while you are a child. However one can make a decision to see the glass half full or half empty. This video proves that. Rating awesome! :)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much Money Glitch, for your response and rating. Getting close to 'Football Time in Tennessee' (GO VOLS)...

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torconstantino 6 years ago from Maryland

Thanks for a thoughtful and introspective hub - your point about choice cannot be overstated! Thanks for sharing your insight!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Tor for your kind remarks...

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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

This is so true - my wife is always telling our kids, God needs your gratitude, not your attitude.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Dave for your friendship, your visit and your kind comments...

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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

It is so true, people just complain way too much these days! voted up & awesome!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks daisyjae for your nice comments and also for your ratings and vote of approval...

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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada

Uplifting hub, thank you for sharing.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Sky321 for your visit and your nice comments...

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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

It is all to easy to complain about life if it isn't going to plan and to look to place the blame elsewhere instead of getting on and realising just how lucky we are and embracing the fact. Things can always be worse than they are and dwelling on the negative helps no one.

A good hub that highlights a modern day affliction.

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much debbie for your visit and fine comments. I agree that it seems to be the norm these days to complain and always have something negative to say. How refreshing it is when we experience someone with a smile on their face and something nice to say for a change...

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