Anyone who knows me knows that I hate when people complain. There is nothing more nerve wrecking than someone complaining. Usually they are complaining for something so very minor, like someone driving slow in front of them, getting stopped by the light, a waitress getting the order wrong, blah blah blah.
Watching my dad over the past year has made my disdain from complainers even greater. He has truly had a few things about which to complain….
- He was diagnosed with 2 forms of cancer in 2014
- He had a compressed fracture in his back and had to have surgery in May 2014
- He did 7 months of chemo therapy – once a week – every week
- He was hospitalized for dehydration 3 times
- He was hospitalized with pneumonia 2 times
- He spent the month of April 2015 in the hospital
- He spent the month of May 2015 in a hospice facility
- He totally lost his appetite as a result of the chemo
- He had lost over 60 pounds
- His heart is now functioning at about 25% of what it should be
- He hasn’t been able to play golf in well over a year
- He needs assistance to walk more than 10 steps
AND YET…Going through all of this, he has NEVER, NOT ONE TIME, complained about any of it! NOT ONCE!!!
Nurses that have helped to care for him have made their variation of the same statement. “He is so great, he never complains about anything!”
He came home June 1st, is eating everything, getting stronger, talking and laughing everyday! It is wonderful to spend time with him…. And still – no complaining!
We all have things going on in our lives – good and not so good. That’s life! Before your began to speak words of complaint, remember just how blessed you truly are and instead of complaining, take the time to show a little gratitude and thank God for all the blessings in your life! You will be surprised at what an attitude of gratitude will do for you!
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe…” Philippians 2: 14-15