"GO 24 HOURS WITHOUT COMPLAINING and SEE how your LIFE CHANGES". I challenge you to TRY it and let me know what happens. Let anyone or everyone know. I read this a short time ago and I have started to try to be more positive. I will try to do 24 hours and seriously test it. I don't think I can possibly do it. I am too good at seeing gloom and doom of all sort and kinds, but there are those even better than I am.
A friend is settling her brother's estate and she received a huge windfall, but she sees crime and mayhem in the area, and has no plan to enjoy a new auto which she has desired for years that she would not buy for herself, or her extra income which she has said that she really did not need. . Losing a brother is dreadful, but he lived his life to the fullest and had a short period of illness and lived to be seventy-five and that is about as good as we can hope for. This is just one example that comes to mind. People have offered to help and there are professional people, but she won't accept help and she is complaining about being overwhelmed and having too much to do. Many of us are like that. Life is like that. You can help yourself, accept help, focus on the good, and you certainly don't need to focus on the negative when you are up to your elbows in what you need to do.
Another example, I remember tumbling down a flight of stairs, terrible pain and thinking I was going to die, and at the same time being very grateful for the well padded and carpeted stairs. I also remember being grateful that there was a short flight and then a landing. This is another example and life is like that. I must be a pretty positive person. I was not concerned with dying, I just wanted my pain to stop and was fully aware that I was landing much softer than I would have on most stairs to a basement. I know we can all be knocked down and have trouble getting back up or we cannot get up. I do believe that thinking positively helps.
I decided some years ago, the minute someone says there is NO ANSWER, there is NO ANSWER. I have solved many problems, by REFUSING to believe there IS NO ANSWER.
Also, I know that being positive is not EASY. We do not have to be silly or dishonest, but we do need to focus on something positive in any situation. If we cannot see an answer or anything positive, then we need help. We may need to get in a church group or a social group or seek help from those available to us.
I still need to try that 24 hours without a complaint and see how my life changes. So far, I know that I haven't come close to not complaining for 24 hours but as I keep trying, my life is changing. The other morning the 25 year old grandson said, "Thanks for always doing the dishes, I hate to do dishes" I said, you are to young to hate doing dishes, be grateful you have food and dirty dishes to do." This morning as I did a few dishes while making coffee, I thought, I am happy to do all the dishes, it is one thing that I can do to make my grandson's busy life easier. Before, I did the dishes and had mixed feelings about it. I knew the dishes were not worth a confrontation. I am just trying to be more positive. I cancelled out the negativity and chose to experience the dishes as a joy. Life is like that.
You may say that it would be nice if he did them every once in a while, but will my positive attitude make a difference. Who really knows, but if I communicate a good feeling to him then the dish washing will be a real gift. How much power is there in positive thinking? I know that NEGATIVE thinking is a real bummer and I have tried that sufficiently, for sure. Okay, I hope we can all endeavor to NOT COMPLAIN FOR 24 HOURS. Maybe it is impossible, but any effort will be a happier day. That I do believe.