Happy Whiner’s Day or should I say, Unhappy Whiner’s Day? Choose the one you prefer. Today we “celebrate” the complainers who gripe annoyingly about things we find trivial and unimportant.
Just the act of writing about Whiner’s Day places me in the category of whiner, so in the spirit of the holiday, here we go.
Today was selected as Whiner’s Day because now is the day when unhappy Christmas gift recipients stand in line to exchange the stuff they received yesterday. Isn’t this a sad commentary on modern society?
Why do we even bother to carefully choose something nice or useful for that special person if she is going to stand in the returns line the day after Christmas at the store where it was purchased? The loving act of gift giving stands the risk of becoming a cold financial transaction. Heck, I’ve even heard people complain that the gift certificates they received could only be redeemed at the “wrong stores”. If they were given cash, they weren’t given enough.
Then there are politicians these days. Arguably, they have always seemed to be a questionable bunch of people. They justified their lust for power and money by actually passing and signing laws that helped the common citizen. These days it’s hard to find a politician from the President down to the local school board member who isn’t amoral or immoral. They’re ushering us into Russian Hell in a handbasket.
Sometimes people whine about the state of popular music. Actually, the ratio of “good” music to “bad” music is approximately the same as it’s been for centuries. The big issue with music is that judging it is one of the most subjective things we do. Why do so many people worship the Rolling Stones, yet why do so few adore Vanilla Fudge? These days acts like Jay Z are admired while Nickleback is scorned. Actually, I do not lose one minute of sleep over popular music. It’s interesting to hear oldies and newbies and it’s easy to take or leave both.
There are plenty of other things that annoy me but I hate to hear myself whine for very long. The best solution is to ignore the small stuff and work to remedy the problems that harm or kill.
We’re on the downslope of the December holiday season, that’s reason enough to feel relief. If we can read these words on a device, we are fortunate to have access to modern technology. There are many other things to be thankful for, too.
The antidote to whining is gratitude.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes a reminder from film and television actor Sushant Singh Rajput. “The best thing is to accept the circumstances, not take them personally, deal with them, stop complaining, and give everything your best.”