Thursday, February 19, 2009


It's funny because it's true.

Of course, the temptation when watching something like this is to think, "I hate it when people complain like that."

But who among us doesn't complain—yea, like that?

In six days, we'll have ashes placed on our foreheads and hear the words, "Remember, man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return."

As we prepare for this ever so necessary reminder of our mortality, now is as good a time as any to take stock of the amount of breath we waste when we complain.

I've written previously on this here weblog that a priest of Opus Dei, quoting St. Josemaria Escriva, once told me during confession, "Don’t say, 'That person bothers me.' Think: 'That person sanctifies me.'" (Would that I actually put this into practice in my daily life, then I'd really be getting somewhere.)

Griping and moaning about anyone or anything we find less than agreeable is so facile; any schmuck can do it without exerting the scantest effort.

But refusing to complain—now that takes fortitude. And think of the model we offer others when we show patience instead of descending all too easily into bitter, angry bellyaching.

[HT: Sean Dailey at The Blue Boar]


April said...

Great post, John. I loved the video clip. We are a society of spoiled brats, and I don't excuse myself from that category. I'm going to try to cultivate a spirit of gratefulness this Lent.

The Dutchman said...

Who was that guy in the clip? He was really funny.

Naive said...

His name is Louis Szekely, but he goes by Louis C.K. since that's as close as most people can come to pronouncing his real name.

The clip was funny. But who whined more: Louis or the people he was talking about? I still think of Andy Rooney as the big whiner.