The Positive Attitude Challenge – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

In Canada’s National Capital Region, where I live, one of our favorite sports—right behind hockey—is complaining about the weather. In particular, our winters throw many challenges at us: fierce snow storms, bitterly cold winds, freezing rain, hail precipitations, etc.; our roads are severely punished by the harsh weather conditions and driving on snowing or icy roads can be quite a feat.

Complaining is easy; there are so many reasons to complain. Quite frankly, you can complain about anything and everything. In addition to the weather, here are few things you might find yourself complaining about:

  • rush-hour traffic
  • other drivers on the road
  • gas prices
  • red lights (“conspiring” to make you late)
  • political leaders
  • sports team (or specific players)
  • taxes (paying too much)
  • computers and mobile devices (too slow, too many bugs, etc.)
  • boss and coworkers
  • neighbors
  • etc.

So many things to complain about. We must realize that we complain much more than we like to admit. Sometimes, we’re simply unaware that we’re needlessly complaining. Sometimes, we’re fully aware of it but can’t resist the urge to complain.

Complaining may give you a temporary relief but it rarely improves the situation you’re complaining about. Complaining about the snowstorm doesn’t make it stop. Complaining about traffic doesn’t clear the way in front of you. Complaining about a red light that stopped your momentum doesn’t make it turn green faster.

Complaining about things you can’t change is useless; your complaints don’t move you forward one inch.

Complaining about things you can change is pointless. It’s far more constructive use your time and energy to pray, seek for ways to improve the situation, and take action.

If you can’t do anything about a situation, let it go and move on.

If you can do something about it, stop complaining and take action; and, above all, don’t complain if you’re not going to do anything to improve the situation.

To be clear, there may be situations where you need to file a formal complaint. For example, when you’re mistreated by a customer service representative. Filing a complaint is actually doing something to improve the situation; it helps the company implement corrective measures so that the situation doesn’t happen again. This is constructive feedback more than needless complaining (which is what we’re addressing in this challenge).

Finally, I should mention that there are people who actually love Canadian winters. And of those who don’t particularly enjoy the cold, many have learned to make the most of that season. You too can learn to make the most of “less than ideal” conditions, and this will serve you more than complaining. You’re creative and resourceful and thus can make the best out of not-so-perfect conditions.

The cultivate a positive attitude, you must let go of needless complaining—and let it snow and enjoy it.

Daily Decision

Decide that you’re going to resist the urge to complain. Instead, when things are less than ideal or don’t go your way, make the most of the situation and, when possible, find solutions to make it better.

Daily Challenge

Today, your challenge is to refrain from complaining: you can’t complain about others; you can’t complain about situations; you can’t complain about anything. Make a conscious effort not to fret about the weather, about other drivers, about your boss, etc. When you catch yourself complaining needlessly, take note of it. This will help you identify tendencies, i.e. topics you complain about most.

Daily Affirmation

I’m not a complainer; I’m a solution finder.