Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Monday, November 23, 2009

Complaining About Complaining

It's a nice thought, although I have no idea if Rep. Cleaver (D-MO) fully grasps the personal nature of the Complaint Free World concept.  I would like to think so.

H. Con. Res. 155: Supporting the goals and ideals of "Complaint Free Wednesday"

Introduced Jun 17, 2009
Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO5]
Status Introduced
Last Action Jun 17, 2009: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Look here for the full text.  It would be a great thing for a tradition of having the day before Thanksgiving a day of no complaints.  People who understand genuine thanksgiving and appreciation certainly get it.  People who retain a sense of gratitude can get there quickly.

What can't be done is force or legislate such ideas.  If it has to be "enforced" it isn't in the ball park of the meaning.  On the other hand, many people totally mis-understand the concept - but agree that it would be wonderful if all of those other people would stop bitchin' at me and shut up.  Not even close.

But the idea is out there and anyone who gives any thought to examining their personal complaining (as opposed to recognition and statements of fact) will become sensitive to the language of many people and their methods of basic communication - the complaint.

Appreciation is the best path to a day free of complaints.  It is a matter of choice, as illustrated in this exchange with the clever Gnome:


I made it a point
to smile one day
despite all around.
Grousing vanished,
moaning faded,
and complaining walked away.
No matter what,
I could see beyond
to glimpse the inner core,
and that was a smile indeed.
After a while
those happy in their grief
stood further away,
and I had a marvelous day.

Guess who was grinning?

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