It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chapter 4, Page 12, Book 16

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Count your blessings.

April 12th - Spend time counting your blessings, not airing your complaints.

Count your blessings and diminish your complaints. 

There are people you dread to see coming or to talk to on the phone because they always find something to complain about, in fact some of them are serial complainers and have refined complaining to an art form. I’ve certainly known a few people like that in my life time.

I have discovered that complaining is a total waste of time and is a source of irritation to the people you happen to be around. Nobody wants to hear anybody else complain, it’s like finger nails on a blackboard.

Did you know that it takes a lot more energy to think about something negative as it does to think about something positive.  It’s natural to become irritated when things go wrong, but if we'll only admit it, most of our problems are small and dealing with them in a positive frame of mind makes solving them a much simpler task. 

Complaining about something won't make it go away, deal with it and count your blessings

 Remember To Count Your Blessings Because Things Could Always Be Worse .

We tend to get frustrated when the batteries in the TV remote become weak and wont change the channel in two seconds or the garage door opener gets stuck and a flat tire is enough to bring on a hissy fit.

We forget that a few short years ago you had to walk up to the TV and turn a knob, get out of your car and open the garage door, get back in the car and drive through and then get out of the car and close it again,  and flat tires were a pretty common occurrence that could be remedied with a jack and a lug wrench in about ten minutes.  We complain if the traffic is slower than usual, if the mail is late, if an outing gets rained out or a faucet drips.  We need to remember that our complaints are simply blessings to others.

While you Complain about your light bill,
There's someone with no home.

While you complain about your job,
There's someone praying for a dollar.

While you complain that gas is too high,
There's someone who's only option is to walk.

While you complain about your significant other,
There's someone dreaming of having somebody.

While you complain about the food in your pantry,
There's someone praying for crumbs.

While you complain about the world we live in,
There's someone who didn't wake to see it.

You're complaints are simply blessings to others.

Be Thankful

Whatever you do today, don’t get stuck on the one thing that ruins your day.  Smile and be grateful.  Life is too short to waste on negativity and destructive thinking.


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betty said...

So true to count our blessings rather than complaining. I know sometimes I get irritated because the internet isn't working as fast as I think it should, forgetting that just a few "short" years ago there wasn't even the internet :)


jack69 said...

You make some good observations. Some humans do tend to find something to complain about.
I like the bits of prose/thoughts today. Enough to make you think. (funny about the remote/walking statement, and so true!) (BIG SMILE)

shortybear said...

nice post

Buttercup said...

So true. I'be found that I spend less time with friends that complain. It also brings out the negative in me. Misery loves company and I don't want to be company for complaining.


I agree with everything you said. This sums it up, "Dealing with problems in a positive frame of mind makes solving them a much simpler task."