On Complaining


It’s easy to complain. You can hate everything, especially when living in another country. Key word: another country. People are different, food different, lifestyle, working style, this, that and everything, different.

I’d like to think that if we signed up to work in a different country (which takes a whole lot of time and effort to do), that we’d know that it will be foreign – a land that’s not yours. Nacho Land! <- doesn’t work I guess.

But, NOOOooOOOO! There’s so much wrong with where you work, with the people you work with, everything about where you live, sucks. And, to top it off, there’s nowhere to find organic-free-range-yogurt, I have to settle with the normal stuff. FML.

Proverbs says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

If you saw everything as something that sucks, the life will get sucked out of you. I feel like this means all major aspects including people. No one wants to be around Negative Nancy, Complaining Charles, or Blaming Barney <- I came up with this one, and I like it. So as with dried up bones, all the things that give life and make it beautiful are non-existent, gone, kaput. And, you’re left alone, as it seems you want to be – sad, dark, depressed. We’ve all been there, and hopefully we’ve gotten out, or have asked for help to get out.

There are some though who keep going with the negativity, not listening to friends’ advice, it’s not fun. People get tired, and if they continue with this Damned Daniel, their joy also gets crushed – like pack of Oreos at the bottom of your school bag, how sad.

It’s a viscous cycle of death.

But wait, there’s hope. If you just pick yourself up (because you feel alone don’t you), and listen to people – actually make friends and not people to complain to, you can make it. I promise. Or, you can just leave your situation. The choice is yours.

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou




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