30 June 2011

“Realise that if you have enough time to whine and complain about something, then you have enough time to do something about it.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Have you ever taken notice how much people whine and complain?  The best part is, they don’t even realise what they are doing – they think they are having a conversation.  Have you been at a restaurant and someone, maybe even you, complains about their meal, but when the waiter asks if everything is ok – the whole table nods and smiles!

I am not advocating making a scene – but think about it – the waiter trots off thinking his guests are happy, the chef doesn’t know his food is less than perfect and the owner doesn’t know that his customers are going to tell their friends that his establishment is … less than desirable.   Oh yes, and the person whose food it is, they aren’t happy either.

That just leaves a bunch of unhappy people!  Speak up!  Ok, let me add nicely and I bet everyone will be happy!

Take note of the conversations you are party to today, and see if they really are conversations, or if it is just plain whining.   And take note of whether you are someone who whines – or someone who does.  

Until tomorrow, may your day get off to a good start and continue to improve.


There is power in your thoughts

“If you realised how powerful your thoughts were, you would never think a negative thought.”

Peace Pilgrim (1908 -1981)

A couple of years ago, I was at a meeting with a client and I was complaining; about the banks, about staff, about …. whatever we spoke about, I had a complaint about it.

Eventually he couldn’t take it anymore and told me the best 3 little words I have ever heard in my life.  No – it wasn’t “I love you” – it was better than that!  It was….


It hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks.  I had a negative attitude, no doubt about it.  Once I had processed what he said, I decided he was right, and from that day I have tried my best – not always succeeded, but pretty good – to see the good and not slip into that bad attitude syndrome.

Thank you, Kyle, it has changed my life.

More about attitudes another time… till next time – look on the good side!