Complain! Complain!! Complain!!!

There’s always someone worse off than we are. Here’s something that irks me to no end:

People who complain about things they can’t do anything about.

The Maritime Provinces have seen a lot of rain lately and it seems to be the topic of conversation on the street, TV and radio, and of course, at my work. Many don’t seem to realize that despite all this rain, we’re blessed beyond comprehension. When I look at other parts of the country/world, it makes me appreciate every drop of precipitation that comes down from the clouds.

These are the news headlines for other parts of the country/world this past week:

In Quebec: Water level crest, spirits rise, in flood-hit southern Quebec

In Manitoba: Bracing for whatever evil may come

In New Brunswick: St John River continued to drop, only two flood warnings in NB

In USA: Floods Force Evacuation Along US Waterways

And if this isn’t enough, look at countries like Korea where over 600 mm of rain (yes, six hundred), in the months of July and August is not unusual. Can you imagine? I can’t! And these news headlines are just about heavy rains and floods. There’s much more happening.

I’m at the point where going to work has become a drag (yes I literally hate the thought of going), because I know what I’m going to hear most of the day. All I need to do is look outside to get an indication of what to expect. Right now, it’s cloudy, and the rain stopped. And if the sun doesn’t shine, some just aren’t happy and all they do is complain about it. That’s enough to bring everyone else down.

Jane, a co-worker, chooses to sit by the window. Recently, it had stopped raining but the
sky was still heavy with grey clouds. At one point, I heard Jane exclaim:

Well! It stopped raining! The sun could have come out!

I couldn’t believe the ‘sarcasm’ in her voice. It was as though she were angry with the sun. I burst into laughter (it was either that or cry!). When asked what was up, I didn’t know what to say. They could see I was reading (downtime in a call centre) and I shook my head, letting them believe I was reading something very funny.

Here’s another funny one! We had snowy winter (Duh! Isn’t that what winter is all about?), with a snow storm every week for about 6 or 7 weeks in a row. Of course, just like they complain about the rain now, they complained about the snow then. When it’s not snowing or raining, it’s too cold, or too hot, or whatever!

Has the world become blind and they can’t they see how blessed we are? This rain is nothing compared to the earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and several other natural
disasters.  Yes, there’s always someone worse off than we are.

I’m not going to pretend I never complain. I know I do. But not about things that I can’t do anything about… Oops! Correction: I just complained about people who complain about everything and that IS something I can’t do anything about.

Will you share the things that irk you the most?

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