Complaining versus Celebrating
Complaining is silly. Either act or forget. —Stefan Sagmeister
We complain about everything anymore. We complain when our food isn’t prepared as fast as we’d like. We complain when someone pulls in front of us on the highway. We complain about people around us. We complain about poor typography and bad kerning. We complain when a company updates their classic logo. We ask for change but then complain when it actually happens.
I was pulling up an article on Wikipedia on my phone this afternoon and it wasn’t loading as fast as I wanted it to. “Oh come on,” I thought to myself, “the 3G service here is terrible.” And then I caught myself. Wait a minute. I have the internet on my phone. I can hold it in the palm of my hand. What right do I have to complain about a website taking a few extra minutes to load?
I think it’s much more redemptive to celebrate the things that make us happier and our lives easier than complain about the things that don’t. Comedian Louis C.K said “Everything is amazing right now but nobody is happy.” Instead of complaining about my 3G speeds, I could be celebrating that I can pull up one of the handful of books I have on my phone to read when I’m eating lunch. The one I’m reading now is about a sailer who encounters a large whale. I downloaded it for free.
Or how about how the wind blows through my hair as I walk to class in the morning holding a hot cup of coffee? Or maybe the way the sun makes a beautiful grid pattern on my wall mid afternoon as my room is bathed in gold. Or what of that new auto dark mode in the most recent Instapaper release? Now, that is something to celebrate!
Complaining is easy. Complaining doesn’t solve anything. It doesn’t make anything better and it doesn’t fix that thing we are complaining about.
So here’s to the small moments in life that make everything better. Complaining is silly. I’d rather celebrate.