We are a nation of rolling eyes. We are the richest, most advanced, most civilized, most blessed nation in the world; and we are a nation of rolling eyes.
We roll our eyes when we speak about our president and our country. We roll our eyes when we talk about our spouses, the slow store clerk, our children, our day, the traffic, the town we live in, our boss, our coworkers, our jobs, our circumstances. Sometimes we compete to see who has the best eye-rolling story.
Rolling eyes is actually a symptom of a toxic disease. The disease is the complaint syndrome. It is highly contagious and has grown to epidemic proportions in the United States. You will find it everywhere you go. It is in your home and on your computer social networks; at your work, out in public, on the road, throughout the media, and most likely in your own mirror.
Thankfully there is a cure. This is one case where curing the symptom will heal the disease. Ready? You can begin the course of treatment right now. You are going to close your eyes and then try to roll them. Go ahead. Did you do it? If you did you know that it is uncomfortable and difficult to do. Close them again. While they are closed, whisper a prayer of gratitude. That’s it.
The cure is so simple because eyes closed in grateful prayer can not roll in ungrateful complaint.
The workplace is a virtual hotbed of complaint syndrome. Please take a look at Top 10 reasons why constant complaining is so toxic in the workplace. The same reasons can be applied to your life outside of the office. Chronic complaining is toxic, doesn’t make anything better, and only promotes more complaining.
What about legitimate complaints? Constructive complaints are necessary for change. The difference is that a constructive complaint is specific, not out of habit, and leads to a positive change. To fully understand the difference please read How to complain constructively.
If you need to complain to make something in your life or the lives of others better, make your complaint in a constructive manner and then let it go. But if you are one of the too many of us bogged down by complaint syndrome, try closing your eyes in gratitude before you roll them in complaint.
Imagine how much more good a nation of eyes closed in prayer could do over a nation of rolling eyes.
Please enjoy the humorous look at how chronic complaining affects others in video below.