Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stop Griping, or You'll Get Something Worth Griping About

I used to complain, gripe, stress, and worry about every little thing. People would say, "You sure complain a lot." And I'd reply, "Well, if I didn't have so many things to complain about, I wouldn't be complaining!" Then my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and I watched her over the course of 4 years lose every ability she had, until her last breath.  With that image burned into my memory, I have forever changed. My mom had more reason to complain than anyone, yet I never heard her complain. She always trusted and leaned on God. So now when I hear people griping about their life, it just makes me mad because at least they can walk, talk, feed themselves, go to the bathroom . . . Sorry, but I have lost pity for those who complain about little things.

Ever hear the phrase "If you don't stop bawling, I'll give you something to bawl about"?  Well, I feel like if people don't stop griping about the little things, they'll get something truly worthy of griping about. So be thankful for what you have. Thank God every morning when you wake up that you can actually get out of bed--that you're alive and well!

Watching my mom lose her abilities, watching her suffer, and then losing my mom was the most difficult thing I've had to experience in my life. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. So if I begin to stress or worry about the little things in my life, I just remember that I could have it worse, so I thank God that I don't have it worse. I've been feeling very blessed lately. I have four loving kids, a wonderful husband, family close by, we all have plenty of clothes, shoes, jackets, etc., two running cars,  a warm house, a business that is booming, a wonderful job that I love, I'm healthy, my kids are healthy . . . I have absolutely nothing worth complaining about. I could find things to complain about, but I'd rather focus on the good things and be thankful so that I don't get something handed to me that would be worse than what I have now.