The Fruits of Whining

By Greg Baer M.D.

April 11, 2014

In the movie “Lincoln,” the President tells a story of a man who owned a parrot.

“Every morning,” he said, “the parrot would say ‘The world is coming to an end! The world is coming to an end!’

“Finally one day the man shot him, just to get some peace and quiet. So . . . the prophecy came true, at least for the parrot.”

Many of us complain almost endlessly about all the things that are wrong in our lives. In the process, we focus on those things, add energy to them, and frighten and irritate the people around us, who help those things come to pass.

When we understand the fruits of complaining, sometimes we can choose to stop nurturing the tree that bears them.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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