The other day no less than five people felt it necessary to burden me with every detail of how life has done them wrong. The presumption is that THEIR life sucks more than mine. I love these five people. But, in these tense and troubling times, I wish they would take my simple advice and Shut Your Piehole.
Got small, irritating things in your life? Do what I do, keep your mouth shut. No one wants to hear it! If everyone in the world unloaded on everybody who asked, “hey, how are you doing?” the world would come to a screeching halt.
I mean, really! “My sister said this…” “My dry cleaner did that…” The complainers want only one thing–and that is for you to say, “I’m so sorry, your life sucks!” Which is pretty presumptuous, seeing that YOURS might suck more. Be aware that telling the story of the horrific experience you had at the BMW dealer might currently being told to a person who bought just enough gas to get to work with the loose change they scavenged from their sock drawer.
I believe that we are measured by the things we cherish and love, and not by the things that annoy us. At a party, you might point out someone and say “that’s Bob, he loves cooking, has a St. Bernard and lived in Japan for four years.” You wouldn’t say, “that’s Bob, he hates it when people park too close to his driveway, he’s lactose intolerant and his copier toner costs $43.00 a shot.”
Think positively! It’s like our mothers used to say, “if you don’t have something nice to say, shut the HELL UP!” We are ALL under stress–money, our jobs, the future. The last thing we need is you showing up looking like the iceburg that sank the Titanic. Please think about what you’re about to say. If you’re going to complain, remember that everyone’s in the same boat and that most have bigger problems to attend to.
Think about it. I hope to have an uplifting discussion with you soon.