It is easy to find things to complain about. For some people it seems all they do is complain. They complain about their health, about other people, about the government, and about how busy they are. We get tired listening to people complain.

As much as other people's complaints tire us out, there is side of us that enjoys complaining. Complanng is how we vocalize how unfair life is and how we seek sympathy from others for our hardships.

The apostle Paul tells Christians that they should refrain from complaining: Do everything without complaining and arguing (Philippians 2:14). Complaining eats away at our souls and leads us to become ungrateful for the things God has given to us.

Joshua Becker, at Becoming Minimalist, wrote this insightful post on complaining.

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” —Tom Wilson

Life is not perfect. It never has been and never will be. This is not bad news. In fact, once we begin to embrace this reality, we welcome a great number of possibilities. Life is never perfect. We know this to be true.

Why then, do we continue to complain about its imperfections?

We complain about the weather, the traffic, and the weeds in our yard. We complain about tight clothing, misplaced keys, late airplanes, and the price of gasoline. We complain about our jobs or our lack of jobs. We complain about nosy neighbors, crying babies, ungrateful teenagers, and lazy spouses. We have become a society too quick to complain.

Finish reading How to Complain Less | Becoming Minimalist.


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