Monday, April 21, 2008

Still haven't gotten the hang of this.....


I still haven't gotten into the habit of moving the bracelet when I complain. I think this is because I don't like it when the bracelet's on my left wrist. On the other hand, it might be because I'm still having difficulty identifying complaints.

I do notice other people's complaints more than I used to, though. I wonder, when I hear others complain, if that's what I sound like.

There's a joke I heard recently -- it sort of hearkens back to the Cold War and the Soviet Union. A recent immigrant from the Soviet Union was talking to someone in his synagogue. "So," he was asked, "what's the weather like in the Soviet Union?" "I can't complain," he replied.

"What's the housing situation like in the Soviet Union?" "I can't complain," he replied.

"What's the food availability like in the Soviet Union?" "I can't complain," he replied.

"What's the government like in the Soviet Union?" "I can't complain," he replied.

"So why did you move here?" "Because here," he answered, "I can complain!"

I don't know if this is just a Jewish thing. I told a few of my friends I was starting this Complaint Free World thing and one of them said, "I'm not sure I'd want to live in a world without complaining" and another one said that she thought the entire idea of a Complaint Free World was anti-Jewish. LOL. I mean the best word I have yet to come across for complain is the Yiddish word kvetch. We Jews have complaining in our blood.

But we also have survival in our blood. We also have "getting it done" in our blood. And that's what we need to focus on -- doing the job the best way it can be done. Because that's what we do best. IMHO :-D

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