Stop complaining

Through my life I have experienced being among people who never say good things. All they do is complain about work, life, home, family… whatever they can. They never stop to think about the good, how their life might actually be pretty good to compare to others. When we complain too much about the small things, then it is often more difficult to be heard about the more important things.

Today’s challenge is to encourage you to stop complaining… but instead notice the good and beauty around you.  You will feel better and so will the people around you.

Act 19: Whinge Tin

Complaint attracts complaint. Put a moaner in a workplace and by the end of the week they’ll have befriended every gossip in the office (and the lunch room will know about it…). So how do we do the opposite, and spread infectiously generous language? Try a simple first step: the swear jar model…

Choose how you’ll complete today’s act:
Make a whinge tin. Every time you complain, drop a coin in. At the end of the day, donate the cash. (You could also make the fine something else, like running another person’s errands.)

Don’t just settle for paying the fine – make a conscious effort to cut the whinges altogether, opting for positivity in its place.

Make your whinge tin public. Tell your team at work, your family, or church community that you’re going to start one, and ask them to join you.

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
(James 3:5 NIV)



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