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With a kvetch-kvetch here and a kvetch-kvetch there, here kvetch, there kvetch, everywhere kvetch-kvetch…

Everyone is constantly complaining. People complain about the economy (“it’s broke and ain’t nobody gonna fix it,” “the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer,” “blame it on the one percent,” “blame it on outsourcing”); about the world, ( “blame it on extremism,” “on poverty,” “on little green men,” better yet, “blame it on America”); about personal problems, (“My finances are so bad, you wouldn’t believe it,” “my back is killing me,” “I’m swamped,” “I’m tired,” “I don’t sleep well,”); about national problems (“the country is going to the dogs,” “Romama, Omney, same difference,”); about society (“service is going to the dogs,” “people are becoming ruder and ruder,”); about relations, (“my daughter ran away and joined the circus,” “my husband left me for a woman half my age,” “I’m the only one looking after my elderly parents”); and so on and so forth. And you better not initiate the complaining unless you want to hear, “You think you’ve got problems?”

Listening to anyone for five minutes makes you want to weep. Can people really have so many problems, can unemployment be so high, prospects so bleak, the weather so unpredictable, print newspapers disappearing, funding for the arts melting, time to enjoy life gone forever, adopted children ungrateful, biological children running around wild, old people all suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and a burden on their family, music not what it used to be, nothing what it used to be?

True, things are not easy and not getting any easier. But listen up guys, get over it. The world has changed and grown infinitely more complex. What we used to know is no longer there. Maybe it never was and it was just that we were more resilient. Things get thrown in our face all the time and we can’t always duck. What exactly are we achieving with all this moaning and whining and wringing of hands except piling unhappiness on top of unhappiness and sending out waves of more of the same?

Kvetching will get us nowhere. Look for that elusive silver lining? Meh, maybe not. But getting rid of the “poor me” refrain, definitely.

  1. Narguesse Stevens
    July 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Indeed. Leave the complaining to the British – it’s what they do best, bless ’em


  2. Maryam yekta Steininger
    July 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I managed to get it over and stopped complaining, but the Iranian mullahs didn’t! How can you give them some good spanking?


  3. afsaneh
    July 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I won’t kvetch anymore. it is so so so true.


  4. July 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Well said, Saideh!


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