Quit Complaining

Today was a fairly rude awakening; having lost my job, finding part time work at a severe drop in salary and quite simply not having enough money have been loaned the money from various family members who are themselves hard up.

This could be a post at my anger at losing my job due to the fact that my old boss's boss performance and bonus was judged on reducing costs; this could a dig at how royally Gordo has screwed this country into penury for the next 50 years and how bad it is (had a letter from the labour PPC at the net Gae today showing the "successes" they'd had for Leeds West; this included not having the forced closure of a polling station close to my home which would have meant a massive journey of 5 extra minutes. on behalf of my shoe leather I thank you).

Instead I want to bring you, heathens and Christians alike, comforting words that I was sent from UCB this morning about the futility of complaining.

We libertarians have already told you what will work in restoring this countries fortune, I will try to adopt a more positive tone from now on in which to help others see this.

The word for today:

13 Feb 2010
Stop Complaining and Start Gaining

Do everything without complaining... Philippians 2:14

Isn't complaining really just about words? No, it's much more than that! First, complaining hands your power over to the people and circumstances you complain about, making you feel like their victim. It diminishes your ability to think of solutions, conditions your mind negatively, and blunts your ability to receive creative ideas from God. Positive outcomes don't grow in negative soil! You can't complain and create simultaneously. 'Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring... can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?...' (James 3:11-12 NIV). Complaints are verbal expressions of negative beliefs. They cancel positive intentions and confessions, rendering you powerless to reap the gains God offers. Complaining focuses on a past you can't change. It keeps you scavenging in yesterday's debris, searching for evidence about 'who did what' and 'when' and 'why', while your present slips fruitlessly away. Second, complaining is toxic to your relationships: '...Do you not know... a little leaven leavens the whole lump?' (1 Corinthians 5:6 NKJV). Complaining invites others to complain. Injected poison toxifies every part of the body. Subtly, your relationship, your family, your workplace, your church and your environment become polluted. Complaining polarises relationships. People who don't like stress, anxiety and negativity begin to distance themselves from you. 'The tongue has the power of life and death...' (Proverbs 18:21 NIV) - your life and death, and the life and death of others. So pray, 'Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord...' (Psalm 141:3 NIV); help me to avoid complaining.


Ed P said...

I don't know if your traffic is sufficient, but you could add a (Paypal) "donate" button to your site to help with the finances.

Tomrat said...

A good idea Ed certainly and traffic is rising but I have a strong, moderately ok-ish support network of family and friends, plus I've picked up some extra work for the evenings from a great friend.

In truth I would prefer anyone willng to donate here to donate to LPUK; I may appear zealous in my words sometimes and perhaps I am but their is method in my madness.

Years ago before I started even reading blogs and thought of the internet as a place to buy cheap DVDs and watch funny videos on Youtube many of the idiotic things politicians did and said made little sense; it made even less sense when all of them were offering variations on the same theme, polarised by the inconsequential differences in position, i.e. "left" & "right" wing, the former describing the latter as evil and latter retaliating with "weak" or unrealistic.

I used to consider myself quite left wing an liberal in the bizarre, non-liberal way those who abuse that word describe themselves, garnering my knowledge about politics from idiots like Michael Moore and Graydon Carter (luckily I could find no one clever but delusional enough on this side of the pond).

One morning in a temp job similar to the one I have now (I withdrew from a PhD; a longer story) I was reading a Metro article about blog awards; NHS Blog Doctor had just won it and I decided to check his site out - from there I found DK's site and the rest is history.

The reason I mention all this is that up until then I had bought into the notion that the political battle was between varying degrees of "left" and "right"; what the concept of libertarianism showed me was that, firstly, like "up" left or right are directions and have no intrinsic value, meaning the only real arguement is between degrees of freedom and slavery.

That is why I believe LPUK is worth supporting; as long as parliament continues to be held by collectivists in nice suits and empty souls the song remains the same - just one LPUK mp would alter the makeup of this arguement by putting it in perspective inwhat was the cradle of modern democracy.

If anyone wants to support me, give me work; heck if you think my bloggIngs good enough I'll write you an article in whatever paper you like o whatever subject; if my scientific or religious beliefs make me easy pickings for accusations of being in one of the "bigs" pay, then please inform them I expect a cheque in the mail. ;-)