Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 5 – 11 November 2017
“And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.”
A book that I recently bought is amusing me for days now. Entitled “How to Get Along with Difficult People,” this book gives readers ways on how to deal with people that one may find uncomfortable dealing with.
One of those people mentioned in the book is about moaners. According to the book, they give stress to those around them and God does not like them. They tend to find injustice after injustice and confronting them will just prove their point. Instead, the book suggests understanding and even sympathize with the complainant to get over them.
The book is telling its readers one thing: Fighting fire with fire will not always work. There may be times that it may and will work but this one isn’t one of them. In fact, doing so will just backfire.
Sure, life isn’t fair and will never be. Everybody knows that even God, but there is no point in constant moaning about it. Complaining is alright if done properly: Being stuck in traffic and airing your grievances may be alright but being stuck in traffic everyday without taking an alternative route or waking up early is another thing.
Complaining closes our eyes to the other parts of life. For example, complaining about trash in a park will make us miss the beauty of the rest of the place. We become blind people to the entire picture of the situation because we tend to focus on one problem while leaving others, be it another problem or not, hanging in the balance.
One important thing to remember before we complain is that if we do complain, will that be addressed and is that the only way possible? If so, then we can in a tactful manner but if not, maybe it’s a good time to try other methods first before we raise the red flag and start moaning about it.
Complaining focuses our eyes on one fault while leaving the rest unnoticed.