The art of complaining

Complaining is easy.. so easy. Yet it serves no purpose whatsoever. It might make you feel better for a few minutes, but does it really?

I took a meditation class with Padma several years ago and she gave us a great exercise to do. Working in pairs, one person had to say something negative, and the other had to repeat the sentence but in a positive way. So it went something like this.

First person: It’s always raining in Vancouver.

Second: Thank goodness we get so much rain in Vancouver. We never have to worry about water shortage.

The sentences both say the same thing, but one of them is just so much happier. Nothing is worse, then being surrounded by a complainer. I find complainers just get you down and drag you in their pith of misery.

There are a lot of complainers everywhere. In Vancouver, folks are extremely critical of the architecture. Vancouver is bland, boring, lacks ambition, stale, all the same. et… During my last visit to Ottawa I took a series of photos of some of the architecture there. Some of these towers are much older, but overall it’s much worse then Vancouver. Considering how gorgeous Vancouver is, it might be nice for folks to take another look at the city and try to complain a little bit less.

Social media allows us to react very quickly and complain even more. I’ve been catching myself writing tweets and then deleting them more and more these days if I find that all it is, is a complaint. And then someone tweets something very funny and encouraging.

Complaining affects all of us and it’s simply not necessary. I think we could do with a little less of it.


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