Happy Monday, y’all! Welcome to our first full week of NO COMPLAIN NOVEMBER 2019! I hope your weekend was a blessing…or at least “quieter” than you expected. I read an article the other day that talked about how loud society has become. It mentioned that between the news, commercials desperately hawking goods (that we don’t really need), and our complaints about those things on social media our world has gotten louder–and not necessarily in a good way. While all of those things don’t have to make actual noise, they can fill our minds and spirits with dissonance and disquiet–making it more difficult to hear the good news that is most surely present, as well!
NCN 2019 is ALL about trying to change that! Exercising our wills (and our “won’ts and wants,” as well!!) to move us individually toward a quieter and more peaceful spirit can actually help our society move in a more positive direction. Remember, our secondary theme this year, is PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.
That theme in an encouragement to me all by itself! It’s a reminder that I can take my time and do something well and incrementally instead of rushing and stressing myself out in order to present a perfect (impossible!) product to those around me. Speaking of “them”…we are most often surrounded by people who love us and are important to us. Isn’t THAT a motivator to make life better and, hopefully, more harmonious? What if we looked at this challenge as a way to bless THEM in addition to changing US?
Excuses are only for those people who are unwilling to find the solution, who find greater solace in the loudness of their complaints rather than in the action they are taking to implement the actions that carry them steadily forward to their achievement. ~Bryon Pulsifer
Unfortunately, I have resembled that remark at times. While I was raised to see the positive side of things, I’ve had a few people in my life who tended toward the negative side of things. I love them! They are marvelous people…and I find that my heart sometimes hurts after I’ve been with them for awhile. I also find that I need a little space after we’ve been together to “shake it off”–even when I’ve been encouraging them to become more positive.
That makes me even more determined to be grateful, to be cheerful, to look for–and CREATE!–a more positive outlook. IF we’re going to do the job that God put us here to do, we need to become people of influence.
I want that influence to be a POSITIVE one! How about you?
What attitude will you CHOOSE today to become a person of influence right where you are? Seems like NO COMPLAIN NOVEMBER 2019 is right on time…and right on target!
Remember: WE can do this! PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION!
Grace and Peace!