Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Lately, it's been rough.

For instance, this post is being written out of pure procrastination from me studying for a midterm and because I, of course, have sudden sparks of inspiration during these times.

In previous posts, I talked about how I am really wearing a lot of different hats right now and how it is quite stressful (refer here). I have still been cherishing the little things and realizing why I do what I do.

However there is something I notice I do a lot of and we as a society do a lot of....

we complain.

a lot.

Whether it is sitting in traffic on a Monday morning, having a broken coffee machine (my dilemma this week), feeling too tired, being under paid, being hungry--those are just some of the daily things we complain about! We do not even realize it because of how minute they are. But these things, they add up. And we hear it daily and we see it daily! Whether it is through a text message, conversation or especially social media, it is all we seem to know how to do.

What I have realized lately is a few things:

  1. Complaining does not get you anywhere or accomplish anything
  2. It is not who I am as a generally positive person--positivity is something I value so when I complain I am not living my values
  3. Complaining requires you to exert ENERGY, negative energy mind you

Now let me highlight something, exerting this energy is exhausting. Have you ever tried a day where you did not complain and just lived happy and realizing what comes your way, so be it? It's rejuvenating. When we are positive, expressing gratitude, being active listeners and really taking time to stop worrying about what is so "bad" in our lives we feel better. I promise you.

With this post I am going to challenge you (and challenge myself!) to take one day within the next few weeks where you don't complain and think about it before you do! Ask yourself, "Is my energy best invested in what I am about to say?" I also challenge you to hold ME accountable! This is something I strive to do and I am my own worst enemy. 

And while this post is extremely ironic because I am complaining about complaining, I think it gets the point across. I promise, we will build so much more positive energy in ourselves and in the world around us this way.

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