Complaining has become so engrained in our culture it is almost second nature.
The difference between complaining and pointing out problems is your willingness to do something about it.
Many people are unwilling to do the hard work to fix what is broken. It is just easier to complain and hope that someone else will come along and fix it.
“Don’t be overheard complaining … Not even to yourself.” – Marcus Aurelius
But if no one is willing to step up, how will anything change?
It takes courage to be willing to put yourself out there to change something for the better. It is the natural reaction of every human being to resist change.
Change is hard. Change is scary. The status quo is comfortable. But what if the status quo is not working?
In our society it hasn’t just become status quo to complain but to attack anyone willing to step up to fix a problem. We have become close minded to the possibility that we may not have all the answers.
When did it become passé to help a friend, a neighbor, hell, even a stranger. Now we’d rather just complain about THEIR problems behind their back.
How do we turn this ship around?
We need to become more compassionate, more forgiving of the mistakes of others.
Use the energy you use to complain to find a solution. Every problem has a solution. It may not be quick. It may not be easy. But it’s out there if you look for it.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly …and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt