April 11

The Fruits of Whining

April 11, 2014

Personal Growth

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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