This week my thoughts have been focused more or less on this really nasty habit I seem to have developed. It's called complaining, maybe you've heard of it. Maybe some of you do it!
Well, it's bogus. I know that's not really a dignified word, but it came to mind so I'm using it.
Complaining is something Satan has set up to trick us into thinking it will make a less than ideal situation better, but it doesn't. It makes it worse actually. A lot worse. And then you're just grumbly for the rest of the day. Once you open your mouth and that whining, irritating tone comes out, you're sunk! Give yourself a round of applause ladies and gents, cause you've just ruined your whole day.
"Psh! That's not true Sister Hutchinson! Complaining doesn't ruin your day!"
I should know, I do it. And it does, in fact, ruin your day. I don't really know how it happened honestly. To me I was just venting frustration and then I started to notice I got this tone, and it wasn't pleasant.
To quote my mother, "It's not about what you say, it's about how you say it."
Man, I hate it when she's right! It's all about how you say it. So one day I'm sitting talking with one of my favorite people in the world and it hits me, "I'm a complainer. I murmur!" That was it, game over. I sat there and realized I had found myself in the company of Laman and Lemuel, and that was not pretty. (I think the exact words that ran through my mind were "Well this is unsettling.")
You know who likes Laman and Lemuel? NO ONE. Cause they murmured ALL THE TIME! I mean they had amazing experiences and STILL complained. I know for me I read the Book of Mormon and I think "You're an idiot! How can you be so hard hearted?!?!"
I do that too.
Well, after having that nasty little realization, I decided I needed to change. The "tone" has got to go. A) It doesn't make me feel better about anything and B) it's really unattractive. So I'm breaking up with complaining. It's outta here,. We are through!!!!!!
Best part: that's what the Atonement is for. Uh, I love this! I love my Savior because He died so I could overcome the big stuff. But He also died so I could overcome the little stuff too. So I'm going to conquer complaining.
If you've got a nasty little habit like complaining, I invite you to break up with it. The Savior will help you, that's a promise. But you have to make a decision to do something about it first. :)
I love you all!!! Be good!
With Love from Can-Win