01 April 2013

{Monday Motivation} Complain, Then Be Thankful

Staycation is officially over.  Sigh.  It's Monday again.  But I am so happy because I am so blessed :-)

We had a great time during the long weekend.  While enjoying our buffet breakfast yesterday, Don and I talked about how easy it is for us to complain about our life.  For example, when I was still with my previous employer, I used to complain about lack of food to munch.  We were in a secluded area and it requires a lot of effort to buy junk food.  When I transferred to my new employer, snacks at the pantry is always available.  We have free biscuits, coffee and drinks!  I am obviously very pleased.  However, I hear some of my colleagues complain about the variety of biscuits and drinks available at the pantry.  Sigh, if only they realize that only a few companies provide pantry supplies for the employees.

Don is guilty about complaining too.  He shared that he pays 30 cents for his meal during lunch because a huge portion is subsidized by his employer.  But, yes, he still manages to complain about it sometimes because the menu is the same every week.  As an HR practitioner for more than 10 years, I thought I have heard ALL complains and concerns that an employee can think of.  I was wrong.  I remember a former colleague complaining to me about an upcoming holiday.  He was accusing HR of not being "sensitive" to the needs of the employees to spend time with their family.  The holiday was "sandwiched" by Sunday and Tuesday and according to him, it was unfair for the company not to declare Monday as a non-working day too.  Insane, right?!  True story.

We tend to complain about anything and everything, mostly about things we have and don't have.  We deserve the latest smart phone or tablet, a promotion at work, a new house, better benefits, a new car or a higher salary.  We even believe that it is our privilege to be treated according to our educational attainment and our so-called status in the society.

I remember the team building activity I attended last year.  The facilitator shared the "Gratitude Attitude".  He said that if we eliminate the feeling of entitlement and replace it with gratitude, we will be able to embrace life with so much love and joy.  Recognizing that everything that we have is a gift from God gives us a deeper understanding of His love and mercy.

I still complain.  But I try to immediately think about my blessings.  When stuck in traffic, I complain.  Then I think about how blessed I am to be sitting on an air-conditioned car.  I look at the ATM screen and I complain.  Then I thank God I have money to pay for our household bills.  I complain about our old house.  Then I am grateful for not paying rent.  I complain about my travel time going to work and going home.  But I am thankful that I do not work on Saturdays anymore.  This attitude requires discipline and a heart that is willing to live life according to God's will.

Keep your lives free from love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and happy in his work -- this is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

I know there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. (Ecclesiastes 3:12)

What do you complain about everyday?  What are you thankful for everyday?
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