Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Challenge You To:

A day of no complaining.

Yesterday, I couldn't help but notice all the excitement via Facebook status updates regarding the show "Lost" and how it was "back!!!!!" last night.

I've actually never seen the show and don't really plan on starting (let's be honest: I'm addicted to enough shows as is). At first, I couldn't help but think what a priority mix-up we have as a society. That excited over ONE TV show? Then it got me thinking about the amount of complaining (as a society) we do...when really? Life is good, people. So go ahead and get excited about "Lost" being found on television again!

Fact: we cannot control others.
-- So why do you spend soooooo much time complaining about them? THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE. You control how you react to them. If you let them bug you, they win.

Fact: waking up each day is amazing.
-- Haiti just suffered the biggest disaster they've ever faced. Everyone's doing what they can to help (right?). I'm sorry you spilled on your shirt, but please get over it. Some people no longer have shirts.

Maybe I'm ranting, maybe it's been balled up inside of me for a while. With a new year should come a new outlook. Things really are never that bad. Please consider this.

Then consider Plato: "Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

I consider myself a positive person - probably positively annoying to some people - but I'm not going to change (see fact #1). The bright side is the only side I see - it's not my fault (thanks, Mom and Dad).

So please, just today, see if you can go without complaining. It'll be a challenge, but a challenge everyone should try to take.

So enjoy "Lost" in the company of dear friends. Laugh at things that shouldn't be as funny as they are, but because of who you're with, you can't help it. Close your eyes and breathe in the bitter cold air because it's the freshest.

Just enjoy.

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"All I ask is one thing - Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism - for the record it's my least favorite quality, it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen."

- Conan O'Brien

3 comments:

bablinn said...

Found this fascinating on positivity. And love this challenge.

http://donmilleris.com/2010/02/01/the-key-to-lasting-love-may-surprise-you/

Kerri said...

"When I think of myself as a victim, I’ve realized it’s more about bringing attention to myself than it is about taking responsibility for my life."

Bingo! Thanks for sharing that article...AWESOME and it made me happy :)

erin said...

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