In high school I did a project modeled after Benjamin Franklin’s attempts to improve himself (this was also an English project). I graphed out how my complaints impacted my emotions and the emotions of those closest to me. I learned—surprise!—that my complaints directly affect others’ happiness for the worse.
But I haven’t been reminded of this for years, until today, when I got a text from my mom letting me know that she feels a lot better. Why? Because instead of complaining about how little I got done last night for student teaching I told her that I got more sleep. I withheld a complaint and focused on the positive. I’m happier, mom’s happier—so why complain?
Philippians 2 says..
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
Shine like stars in the universe. Stars have an impact on those around them. If I want to shine like a star, and be a better person for myself and others, I need to watch what I say (or text!). So here are a few positives from my day:
- Being told I gave an excellent poetry lesson by my cooperating teacher
- 2nd grade quote “I wish you’d be in our class for 2,000 more weeks!”
- Thoughtful emails
- Jeans day!
- Watching the first hint of the sunrise this morning on my way to the library and school (around 7:10)
Just some positive thoughtsbykiersten…