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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Complain Train

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I love to laugh and I love to make others laugh as well.  I treasure hanging out with people who make me giggle.  I enjoy reading things that make me chuckle too.  So, it was perfect and timely that Mikey sent me this email funny:

The priest said, "Sister, this is a silent monastery.  You are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until directed to do so."

Sister Mary lived in the monastery for 5 years before the priest said to her, “Sister Mary, you have been here for 5 years.  You may speak two words."

Sister Mary said, "Hard bed."

"I'm sorry to hear that," the priest said, "We will get you a better bed."

After another 5 years, Sister Mary was summoned by the priest.  "You may say another two words, Sister Mary."

"Cold food," said Sister Mary, and the priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the priest again called Sister Mary in to his office.  "You may say two words today."

"I quit," said Sister Mary.  "It's probably best," said the priest, "You've done nothing but complain since you got here."

So super duper cute, huh?!  I loved it!  It’s one thing for me to laugh, but when I finish up all my snickerin’, cacklin’, hootin’, and hollerin’, I find it fascinating if the joke is actually thought-provoking.  And, this one prompted some thought.  It got me to thinking about complaining.

Complaining.  Hmmm.  That’s something we all do.  Some of us more than others.  Some of us WAAAAAY more than others.  Why?  Complaining is draining.  It is.  Why do we even get on the Complain Train?  Some of us hop on the train first thing in the morning.  Some wait until mid-day.  Others have a bit more self-control and get on the train only at night or every other day.  Let’s be honest and say that most of us have been a passenger on the Complain Train at some point in our lives.  Heck, some of us just live on the train and never get off!  Ha!

We groan.  We moan.  We complain…about anything or anyone really…the weather, our clothes, our job, our home, our body, someone else, our kids, our spouse, our siblings, our parents, our neighbor, etc.  But, complaining stops us from gaining.  Yes, it can prevent us from gaining peace, contentment, joy, and happiness.  It thwarts our ability to be thankful for what we DO have.  The happiest people I know don’t HAVE the best of everything.  However, they do MAKE the best of everything.  I admire those people immensely.

We’re still in January, right?  We’re technically still at the beginning of this new year and possibly still in the mode to modify some of our less-than-desirable ways?  Maybe?  Well, I have a little challenge if you’re game.  Let’s take baby steps together and let’s be realistic.  We probably won’t be able to stop complaining altogether.  However, we can set ourselves a time limit for our complaining.  We can set a time each day to get on the Complain Train.  We can set a time to get on and, most importantly, we can set a time to get off of it.

Let’s say we board the Complain Train at 8:00pm.  We can then pour out our complaints from the day, one after the other, on and on and on.  To ourselves.  To someone else.  To God.  Then, at 8:15pm (or 11:00pm – depending on the day! Heh!), we can get off of that train and vow not to get back on until the next day at 8:00pm.  No complaining until we get on the train.  That’s the rule.

It’s kinda crazy and a tad goofy, but the idea is to set a time limit to our complaining instead of residing on the Complain Train all day, every day.  It’s not healthy.  It’s energy-zapping for us and those around us, for sure.

Anyway, the Sister Mary joke provoked all that thought about complaining.  Interesting, huh?  Since happiness is an “inside job,” it will depend on the glasses we use.  What we SEE in this life depends on how we LOOK at it.  Will we complain or will we appreciate?  The choice is truly up to us.  The number of times we hop onto the Complain Train is up to us, and how long we stay there is too!

Ooohhhh, I have a HUGE challenge to put out there for the real dare-devils of the bunch:  What if we don’t board the Complain Train at all for ONE WHOLE WEEK?!  Is that even possible?  Are you in?  Just think about how much time that would free up for us to do the things we love!

Have a wonderful week, Sunshines!  Bye for now!

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