I have to come to pay more attention to my reasons to complain. Most of the time when I complain about something is because I am either being ungrateful or I am lacking perspective. Some people call this perspective being positive. I prefer to call getting perspective. Why? Positivity often sounds empty and vain. On other hand, when I stop and put myself in other people’s shoes, more often than not, I realize that my life is so much easier than theirs. I don’t really have reasons to complain if I look around, much further than my family and friends, look around in the world. But we all know this, don’t we? Why is it still so hard for us to remember at all times? Maybe it’s because life in the USA isn’t hard, and the only way to get world perspective is either by traveling or by watching news. I don’t do those things. I haven’t left the country, besides obviously when I go back to Brazil (where I’m from), but I don’t go back that often. Of course I would love to travel, I just can’t currently afford the luxury. And the news? Well, I can’t justify letting someone else manipulate my view of the world, I refuse to see the world with their glasses on. I mean, have you ever watched the news? It’s a sad business, but it doesn’t need to be. I would still like to get the Sunday Times in paper form again. I used to love my Sunday mornings with the paper. Add pancakes to that and that’s a dream weekend for me. But what other can I do to make sure I am being constantly reminded of the state of the planet? Maybe I can watch more documentaries and expand my reading categories. Add a few mindful moments to that, and the complaining should go way down.
Thanks for reading.