Joyful Noise

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, And Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Volume 8 page 47 (11-19-09)

AFFIRMATION

I am thankful to be a spiritual being – anxious to help others.

Griping – A Way of Life

Have you noticed that griping has become a way of life? Everyone seems to think it is a right, maybe even written in the constitution. I remember one person sharing with me that the reason to vote is – if we vote we have the right to gripe and complain!

Recently I took a group of spiritual people to Hawaii, one of the most beautiful places on earth. They were housed in a fantastic hotel – every room had a view and a balcony, breakfast was free and they had van drivers at their beck and call. And yet, there was constant complaining from the weather, the food, the distance from the elevator, where they got to sit in the van, the heat, the wait service, birds in the dining room, drinks being too expensive and folks smoking at the trolley stop. A member of our group from Virginia remarked, “Does this group always complain and whine like little kids.”

All this to say that complaining, although healthy when limited, has reached epidemic proportions in our culture and even in churches. As churches try to come to grips with the changing world that we live within they are often beaten into submission or silence by the torrent of complaints.

Even in the general society complaining and griping has been packaged and presented as mainstream. I don’t know if they are the most popular but more and more of the shows on televisions involve a panel of “experts” criticizing and eliminating chefs, musicians, and dancers. Usually done with a battery of insults directed at the participants.

What this means is that it is hard to keep a positive attitude and a healthy self-image. It seems everyone is evaluating, judging and telling everyone how to be better.

It is within the world of complaining, job insecurity and stress that we live today and yet we don’t attempt to stop it. Instead we condone it and sometimes revel in it.

What would happen if we took the next week and stopped criticizing? How about being thankful instead of critical? Maybe if we took just seven days and stopped complaining as much about other people. If we stopped evaluating each other as much and practiced unconditional love we could create a place where everyone is accepted and loved.

Just think seven days – that will bring us up to Thanksgiving. A time to be thankful for your life, your home, your family, your community and most of all a way to accept that God loves us. It is a freedom and a liberty that is refreshing and energizing.

Your seven days start when you finish reading this!

A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked that it be turned down because he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.

Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient; he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally a second customer asked him why he didn’t throw out the pest.

“Oh, I really don’t care or mind,” said the waiter with a smile. “We don’t even have an air conditioner.”

Here are some interesting statements about being Thankful!

One recurring attribute of people who have happiness (or inner peace and contentment) is the attribute of being grateful and appreciative for what is all around them. This is an attribute that all of us could well cultivate, for it changes how we feel. Our upsets tend to melt in the face of gratefulness. This is completely contrary to the current media emphasis on what is wrong. That emphasis is unhappy, so why would I want to limit myself to just the problems? Why not emphasize some good stuff too?

from Jose Silva

Being Grateful. Being grateful is one of the most important things you should do when your feet hit the floor in the morning. With out gratitude you have nothing. You can do the same for your business.

We all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity, and dedicate ourselves to that.

Joseph Campbell

I am more grateful for family and friends and the opportunity to create, and less grateful for consumption.

Eileen Hanna

The secret to my happiness is in a constant striving to create peace within myself, and in turn reflect it onto the world.

Anonymous

Secret to my happiness: knowing myself through daily meditation in my “prayer chair” and accepting the person I am and continue to become. Grateful for: all those who have helped me along this journey of getting to know myself
                  
Margie Goulden

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