No Complaints – NDPH Weekly Update

Stop Complaining!

Yesterday, I complained so much that I started to irritate myself. I heard myself say(more times than I can count) “my head hurts” and “I’m so tired” and “my head feels like its going to explode.”

It was so annoying that I decided today that I am going to attempt to go the entire day today without complaining. Not even once. It’s real early still, but I’m doing well so far. I’m even going to attempt to stop rubbing my head and making sour faces when not one is looking.

Oh, wouldn’t the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?  ~W.S. Gilbert

As much as I want to tell you about my week, if I did, I would break my own rule. Yes, it’s been that kind of week. Pain, yes. Busy, yes. Hard work, yes.

You can overcome anything if you don’t bellyache.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

Is that what complaining looks like?

I have no complaints. I was able to get through it. I  managed to get about 80% of what needed doing done. I’m not sure I did it well, but it’s done.

Are you wondering how  I plan to get through a day without complaining? I may be a chronic complainer (a typical symptom of NDPH I think), but I am fully aware of how to cut it out.

When I have the overwhelming urge to state how I’m feeling about something not so pleasant (I’m not complaining – see) I find something to be grateful for instead. Like a blue sky (ok, it’s gray here today) or a snuggle from my two-year old, or a smile on my dog. Yeah, I think she does smile. She’s rather expressive for a canine.

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.  ~Ronald Firbank

I’m not saying it. I’m not going to state the obvious. If you know anything about NDPH, then you know, or can guess how I’m feeling today. I don’t need to keep repeating it, right?

If all else fails...

Maybe if I can get through the day without complaining, maybe if I can keep my head up and smile like the dog, maybe, maybe I will feel better. Maybe the people in my life will appreciate it too. Honestly, I think they are so used to it that it hardly registers anymore.

Words have power. I know they do, but it’s so easy to forget. I may not be speaking positive words over my life, but I’m going to do my best to not speak anymore negative ones either. Baby steps here.

Are you with me? Can you go a day without complaining about anything?

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I sure wish NDPH was a wine induced headache… but that’s a topic for another post. And does that count as a complaint? 🙂


No Complaints – NDPH Weekly Update — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Amy,

    I think it is very good that you tried to stop complaining for one day. I liked how you use gratitude to shift your focus from complain to something more positive.

    1 solution I have to stop complaining is you can make up ridiculous reasons when you have a complain. For example, I have a headache because I am wearing black socks. By saying something so, you interrupt the negative pattern in your mind and thus, you will not stay negative. This is one of the Little Voice methods I learnt from Blair Singer.

    I hope it helps. 🙂

  2. I don’t have any suggestions. Sorry. I just wanted to let you know that I identify with you wholeheartedly. I am so tired of myself at times and wish I could just keep my mouth shut when I feel so bad. Actually, if I could just lay down and go to sleep I’d do it so I and others wouldn’t have to hear me but sometimes it hurts worse or the pain just won’t let me drift off. I’ve tried biofeedback; I’ve tried talking to myself positively, etc but it’s hard when you are in so much pain. My heart goes out to you. Please know that you and all the other sufferers are in my prayers.

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