Thursday, November 16, 2006

Complain and Complain ...

It's human nature to complain. We complain about the government, society, culture, management, facilities, traffic, complain & complain. Hmmm, will it ever stop? No. Why? Because we'll never be satisfied and there's no such thing as a perfect place. No matter where we are, we will complain. M'sians complain about their corrupted government & politicians, racial discrimination, lack of ethics, etc, etc. Even in almighty USA, the Americans complain about their horny politicians in sex scandals & kids carrying guns to school ... And the list goes on and on. BUT should we stop complaining? Don't think that's a good idea either. So what should we do? We complain once in a while & then get on with out lives? I suppose. Some choose to bitch about everything EVERYDAY, some choose to vent once in a while & move on, and some choose to completely ignore whatever that's happening and just stick to their small circle of affairs, which is what matters most anyway. So the point is, we as humans will never be contented. Which one are you?

Let me share a story with you. Heard this one from a monk in some Dhamma talk in some Temple on some Island. Anyway, this story just kinda stuck to me since. It's one of those if-you-have-3-wishes kind of story. Here goes:

One day this genie asked a group of kids to each make a wish. The wish will be granted to the kid who can come up with the best wish. Kid 1 said, "I wanna have a BIG TUB of my favourite ice cream!" That's a great wish. Kid 2 had to top that, so he said, "I wanna have an ice cream factory! Then I can produce all kinds of ice cream in the world!" An even better wish. Kid 3 ponders for a while and to top that he said, "I wanna have lots & lots of money so I can build lots & lots of ice cream factories" ... and of course the next kid were able to come up with a better one and it went on & on ... and soon came to this one kid and he says, "I wanna be so CONTENTED that I don't need anything else in the world!" ... Guess what, the wish went to this kid ... because at the end of the day, happiness is really what we're all searching for right? Since we can't wish for happiness, I guess sometimes we just have to stop complaining and BE HAPPY.

Tags: happiness

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, but is "Contented" the same as being "Happy"? *grins*

Gallivanter said...

Point, but we need a RIGHT balance, we can't be happy all the time no matter how hard we try, as we're not emotionless. :-P We NEED a channel to express pain or dissatisfaction of resentment, to keep us grounded in more ways than one. It just boils down to the approach.

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