Some people excel at the art of complaining. I remember staying at a bed and breakfast in Scotland. It was run by a woman who was a Canadian, from Prince George. She was quite lovely and each night she invited her guests to come join her for coffee downstairs. One evening when we stayed there, someone in our party asked her who her favourite and least favourite guests were. She said her favourite guests were people who were eager to learn about the wonders of Scotland. They asked questions and seemed to be amazed by the history and beauty of the country. Her least favourite guests were those who complained all of the time. The stores were not like they were at home. The food was not as good. The showers didn't work like the ones at home. Our host told us she did not like guests who did nothing but complain.
Some folks are like that. They always complain. They complain from the moment they get up. They could not sleep. Or they woke up very stiff and sore. When asked how they are, they always have a list of what ails them and will tell you how the doctors don't know what they are doing. These people talk about how life is going to heck in a handbasket and they never have a good word to say about anything or anybody.
Other folks I know live very difficult lives. Life has dealt them a raw hand. Their luck is always bad. Yet they never complain. They just take things as they come and don't say a word. They seem thankful for everything they have and don't begrudge what they don't.
I saw the following post on Facebook about complaining. It is from the web site, "The Elephant Journal".
If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your body, a roof over your head, and place to sleep, you're richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in your wallet, and can go anywhere you want, you are among 18% of the worlds most wealthy people.
If you are alive today and healthy, you are more blessed than the millions of people who will not survive die this week.
If you can actually read and understand this message, you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world who are blind or illiterate.
Life is not about complaining.
Life is about thousands of other reasons to be grateful and happy.
Each day has its joys and blessings. Each day has its troubles and challenges. It is up to us whether we focus on being blessed or we wail against our challenges. I am counting my blessings here.