Helen Keller once said, “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” I’ve had to listen to some groundless complaints lately. Groundless in that they complain about something to which a solution has already been offered but that they do not like. It is a case of not wanting to adjust to a new reality. Like saying, “I wish there were a hitching post next to the door so I could tie up my horse and buggy.” Now if we were near the Amish communities of Indiana that actually might be a good suggestion but not here. Critique on the other hand might go like this, “I really would like to help get the word out to some of my friends and I’m willing to help do that – here is how I propose to do that.” As Helen Keller said, love with its joy clear and sharpens the vision. That’s pretty good from someone who was blind.
We have become a complaint based culture rather than solution based. Complaining is a way of life. This is what happens when we expect to have everything provided for us. What is the solution? That someone else should do this? Critique that puts your mind, heart, and sweat on the line is not something people usually offer. That is where we are at. Only we can change that. (Oh and I’m not talking about the media or government right now – although this could be leveled at them too.)
Be a solution oriented person and remember what Helen Keller said, “…love with its joy clear and sharpens the vision.”