I think fads are the funniest things.
Words have mattered since Adam and Eve talked with the snake, yet there’s a movement today focused on choosing a “word for the year.” The goal is to live that word, letting it inspire and guide you.
If you’ve done this and it’s helping you live life better, I say, Yea for you!
Most of the members of the Miller family who still live in this home (we’re down to 4 from 9), chose a fav word on January 1st.
My wife, Karen, chose “intentional.” The 17-year-old selected “focus”—an excellent choice since she just got her driver’s license. The 16-year-old picked “willingness.”
Good for them. Yesirre, good for them …
Oh, me? What word did I choose?
Um, actually, I tend not to engage in things like this. I didn’t dump water on my head last summer either. Sorry. I guess I’m a classic “killjoy.” Call me John Stick-In-The-Mud Miller.
I know what you’re thinking anyway. If you’re a fan of the QBQ! book, you think the only word I could possibly choose is what QBQ! is all about:
My definition: Someone, somewhere is always “worse off” than I am or it could be worse for me.
Embrace that idea and a “no complaining,” or at least a less complaining lifestyle, is within one’s grasp. Why? Because PERSPECTIVE is the cure for complaining.
Let me share several POPs—“Point of Perspective”—from my life. The first thought in RED is when I’ve lost my PERSPECTIVE. It’s what we all call complaining. The second thought, the one in italicized BLACK, is how/when I find PERSPECTIVE. Here we go!
Complaint: I am coming off 10 days of the flu. Ten long, painful days!
Perspective: One of my favorite client’s spouse is dying of cancer.
Complaint: The Miller marriage of 34 years just isn’t perfect! (Karen would not deny this.)
Perspective: A client last week mentioned her divorce, adding, “But, hey, we made it 28 years.” I felt her sadness.
Complaint: When the grandchildren visit, my morning quiet times are toast!
Perspective: We almost lost one of these precious babies at birth. (Again, the Kleenex piece here)
Complaint: I cannot believe I didn’t get hired to speak at that March event!
Perspective: People who do real work (not writing/speaking) are unemployed.
Complaint: Our stupid Denver Broncos couldn’t beat … the Colts!?!
Perspective: A Denver woman died in her car this morning when a pick-up ran a red light.
Complaint: It’s frustrating that we will never sell as many copies of QBQ! as “the Cheese book”!
Perspective: The truth is, 95% of all titles don’t sell 10,000 copies and we’ve sold 1.2 million. #Thankful
PERSPECTIVE. Yep, that’s my word. But not for 2015.
Because, again: Someone, somewhere is always worse off than I am or it could be worse for me. I cannot escape the power of that truth.
Let that truth inspire and guide you and watch complaining disappear and happiness grow!
Care to share a “POP” or two? Comment below by mentioning a Point of Perspective of your own!
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