"Do everything without complaining and arguing..." ... Philippians 2:14
I think about odd things.
Like, if I was on Death Row and scheduled for the electric chair, I've got my final meal all planned out. You know, just in case:
Spaghetti and meatballs
A beef enchilada
Chocolate ice cream with chocolate bar pieces
Orange soda (In real life I always choose orange seltzer water, but in this case, I'd go for the full-blown, sugary orange soda, because hey. Why not?)
Oh, and yogurt. Any flavor of yogurt because I love it all.
Speaking of yogurt (were we?) ... Did you know that the Yoplait company removed high fructose corn syrup from all their yogurt because regular ol' people (a.k.a. consumers) complained about it by way of Yoplait's Facebook page and website? After that, the company eliminated 25 percent of sugar in their products following more complaints.
I think about that often, also, because it makes so much darn sense.
Those changes at Yoplait were not made because thousands of people sat in their living rooms with friends, moaning, "I wish Yoplait would remove high fructose corn syrup from their yogurt. Somebody should do something about that awful company. Shut it down or something. I, myself refuse to eat the stuff."
It wasn't complaining to friends at Facebook or Twitter that got things rolling in a right direction. No, consumers became active, instead. They sent their concerns, their complaints, to the source: the Yoplait company. To people who could actually do something.
And there's the lesson for today.
Why go on complaining to our friends and relatives who just don't want to hear it and can, usually, do nothing about our complaints? Why not, instead, voice our concerns only in places they stand a chance of being addressed and taken care of?
It's, like, a waste of our breath/time/efforts to do otherwise and it's probably costing more friendships than we realize(!)
Speaking of complaining--if we truly realized how good we've got it, we'd stop our needless whining (and dare I say, worrying?).
It's all rather like this illustration, which my buddy, Dolores, shared at Facebook:
(If you saw the movie, Up, you realize the deeper meaning of this.)
Yesterday I finished reading the free Kindle book, Time and Again by Deborah Heal. What a delightful summer read! Could not put it down.
Free Kindle books:
The Miracle of Christmas
Making Money Online
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