Be the Kind of Person Who Says “You Can’t Make Things Tough Enough for Me to Complain”
It is so tempting to complain. There were a whole mix of things today that made my wife and I just want to throw up our arms in frustration.
But our motto (borrowed from our former pastor in Iowa) is “you can’t make it tough enough for us to complain.” Actually, she is better at that than I am — much better. I am still learning and making progress.
Everybody encounters things like this all the time. The best solution is to have the attitude “I will not complain, no matter how frustrating things get.”
And then there is a second component, which is just as important: Be a person who always strives to be part of the solution to other people’s problems.
When someone comes to you for assistance, and you don’t know the answer, it’s tempting to just pass them off. Try not to do that. Life is tough enough.
Fight the frustration of life by working on behalf of others, even when it doesn’t come easy (or it may not be “your” job). Try to figure out something you can do, even if it’s not obvious at first.
And in the times when you truly can’t take the time, or truly are incapable of doing anything, at least express that “I really wish I knew of a way to find the answer here, and I really hope you can get this figured out.”