Saturday, December 6, 2008

No Whiners Allowed

Actually, and equally valid topic, but one that might have made some folks wonder at my grammar would be "No Whiners Aloud."

I don't care for whining in our house. If a kid comes up and says "I'm hungry," my first thought is to say something like "well, that's too bad, isn't it?" Or maybe "That sounds like complaining." If I'm in a good mood, I'll just say "Hi there, Hungry. Nice to meet you."

Now if a kid asks what they can do to help with dinner, I'm all ears and willing to share information and jobs which can get us fed sooner. Those willing to actually do something will always win when pitted against whiners.

Political whiners are the same. I have no use for them. I don't appreciate it when things and people I vote for don't win, but I try really hard not to whine. I didn't get everything I wanted this last election. Very few people get everything they want. But how do you handle the losses you face? Rather than whining, learn how the system works, and what it will take to succeed in the future. Promote the good you see within the causes and people you support. Bypassing or subverting the system is cheating, by the way. You don't want to be a cheater any more than you want to be a whiner.

Are you currently a whiner? Do you wish for things to change that are unchangeable or in the past? Do you complain, rather than ask questions or correct things? Then stop it.

Once you've stopped whining, you're only half done because now you need to actually do something productive to make up for wasted time and to move forward on whatever you stand for. Don't know what you should stand for? You're in luck! You get to choose what you will devote the rest of your life to. I'd recommend faith in God, strong family life, upright principles and transparent ethics in case you are still undecided.

I can already hear the new whining bubbling to the surface. If that little voice in your head says that it would be hard, or that you don't have time, or that it sounds good for other people, or you wish things would just go your way instead, then stop it. Tell the little voice that you don't want to be roommates any more and move from whiner to mover and shaker. The world has enough baggage without you becoming part of it.

Don't just sit there. Do something. Be an example. Make something. Help someone. Take a stand. Leave a mark. Start now.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Now lets not confuse whiners with pointing out flaws with economic policies for example.

But I think that just saying you don't like something without providing reasons is very much like whining.