“Complaint is poverty!” What would you say if someone spoke these words to you? One reaction might be, “Yea, so what?” The first time I read the words, they were attached to but, “Gratitude is riches!” Why would I choose to write an article on just these three words without the attachment?
News Reports! Social Media Networks! Social Gatherings! Family Gatherings! Husband and Wife Relationships! The American Populace! World Communication! The list is endless! Complaint . . Complaint . . . Complaint!
NOT A PRETTY PICTURE, IS IT? Yet, we live with it in some form, everyday. How do you stop the noise? How do you stop the destruction? How do you stop the pain?
That is what this article is about–getting rid of complaint! What can you expect to mentally walk away with by reading it? Three things:
A deeper meaning of complaint and poverty.
The impact it has on the complainant and the recipient of the complaint.
The ability to determine if my theory that ” Every statement of complaint matched with the same element of praise, will lessen your desire to complain” is accurate of false.
In order to get to the core of why complaint is poverty, it is necessary to gain a workable knowledge of both.
What does complaint mean? It means finding fault; expressing rage or resentment. Poverty is a powerlessness and lack of representation and freedom. To paraphrase, when one complains about something or someone, he is expressing his own powerlessness, his own sense of the inability to represent, control or remedy the situation or condition. Since he feels helpless that his freedom and control are compromised, he resorts to criticism or complaint of the person(s) he feels responsible. The problem with this mental environment, is that it destroys the spirit of man, corrupts the capacity to reason, and lessens the ability to discriminate between good and evil, and right and wrong.
What are some of the pitfalls of complaint?
Unpleasant demeanor or disposition.
Deters friendship or companionship.
Promotes negative responses.
Robs one of good or progressive ideas.
What are some of the pitfalls of poverty?
Breeds inferiority and inadequacy.
Robs one of self-respect.
Causes deficiency of thought.
Eliminates one’s mental state of excellence.
An example of this can be seen in what motivated me during many years of my adult life. I had a deep sense of what I perceived to be right and wrong, fair and unfair, equality and inequality, and when one crossed the line relative to this sense, I would spring into action! Granted, in most cases, human logic would agree that a wrong had been committed against me, but reaction to it was always combative.
Long detailed letters, accentuating each complaint would be sent to CEO’s or presidents of corporations, congressmen, lawyers, school superintendents, or whomever I felt would correct the situation, I wallowed and rolled in anger, resentment, and revenge until a solution was reached, and sometimes, even after it was reached. However, as my understanding of divine law increased, and I was able to see that there is an underlying principle that governs all human activity and experience, those complaints or lawsuits have diminished to practically non-existent. Today, I take my case to a higher power, a greater sense of justice, and know that the solution will bless all participants.
What I found is that even though the resolution does not always meet my initial expectation, I learn lessons that I need to learn, have less stress in my life, and actually learn to express unconditional love to those who have hurt me the most.
Unconditional love does not mean that one always gets human fairness and equality, it means that in spite of whatever happens in human situations, love must prevail–not necessarily love for that person(s), but love for the true nature of man–the perfection of man.
WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF COMPLAINT AND POVERTY? The opposite of complaint is praise, adoration, and approval. It is heartfelt humility, trustworthiness, joy and servility. Poverty’s opposite is obedience to divine law, purity of thought, gratitude and infinite unfoldment of spiritual ideas.
We have talked about what it means to have an attitude of complaint and poverty, let’s talk about what it means to be free of them. Since poverty and complaint are sensual–that which is only perceived by the senses, freedom comes when man dwells in the sanctity of Soul, God. Soul releases you from the hardships of life, a focus on worldliness, and a haven of sense. This is not a state of mental, human escapism, but a divine correction of thought, a removal of a false sense of reality.
“Bless my soul” means shower me with goodness, keep me in a state of excellence, and grant me the ability to discriminate between right and wrong, good and evil. Let the fragrance of Soul embrace me, the perfume of joy surround me, and the voice of praise sustain me. The presence of Soul keeps one from seeking false tastes, poor vision and selective hearing. In so doing, the world receives the warmth, mercy, grace and security that it brings.
How can you benefit by choosing praise over complaint, or abundance over poverty? Every time you complain about something or someone, make a conscious effort to follow it with a word of praise, or a statement of approval. It will be difficult the first few times. You may even feel silly. Keep doing it as often as you can remember each day, each hour, for one month, and I guarantee that you will have a more restful hour, brighter day and the promise of a peaceful tomorrow. How do I know? I have demonstated it in my life! Praise is power! It gives comfort, joy and a sense of peace. Approval brings harmony to the heart, freedom to growth and understanding, and an expression of love that embraces and expands day-by-day.
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