Perspective. It’s something I’m really horrible about. The reality of my life is that everything is a first world problem. There is nothing that I can legitimately complain about in this life. I have my health, my family, a roof over my head, food to eat, and so much more. There are many on this earth that have life far harder than I have.
I’ve found myself complaining a lot lately. Complaining does no good, and I know this, yet I do it anyway. And it begins this downward cycle of more complaining. Nothing I complain about, though, even matters. I mean, it matters to me in that very short term, but long term? I’m not going to remember next week/month/year about whatever it is that I’m letting impact my life negatively in that moment.
Everything in my life is a first world problem. And as I sit here and think about it, I think what I need is a little more gratitude in my life. I can’t help but think that I take everything in my life for granted.
We’re heading into the busy holiday season soon, and I want to go into it with an attitude of mindful gratitude. I want to make real efforts to acknowledge all the good things in my life. When I feel myself starting to complain, I’d really like to be able to recognize it and stop myself. That’s the difficult part. Complaining is a hard habit to break. But it’s a necessary one.
I’m not totally sure how to tackle this, though. But acknowledging there is a problem is the first step, yes?