“I’m amazed at how many people go looking for things to be offended by.” ~Wayne W. Dyer
“Complaints we know. Complaints we’re good at. Most of us have already mastered the art of the complaint in all its many variations: gripe, groan, moan, kvetch, bitch, whine.
One of the reasons we love our close friends is that they allow us to complain knowing we’ll return the favor. But if we really love them, don’t you think it’s about time we started sparing them? Some of us spend half our lives griping. It’s time to get a grip. When we bitch and moan we’re not much fun to listen to. Try new outlets to channel hostility: moan on your diary pages, shout in the shower, blow off steam as you stomp on a brisk walk.
I’m not suggesting that we suppress negative feelings. But the petty stuff we’re often foaming at the mouth about isn’t worth the breath it steals. Our words are powerful, so powerful that they can change our reality – the quality of our days and nights. Moaning rarely makes either us or those around us feel better. In fact, it often makes everyone feel worse. Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr, p.1853 [source]