On Complaining

Caption A:  Dern these stinkin’ tumbleweeds!

Caption B:  Thrilled to have this tumbleweed-stopping fence!

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So much to be thankful for.  So little to complain about.  You could say that today I am ranting and raving about ranting and raving!  I wrote this about three years ago for my women’s Bible study.  I thought of it the other day and pulled it out.  I hope you’ll enjoy!

Numbers 11:5-6,10

    In Egypt, we used to eat all the fish we wanted, and it cost us nothing.  Remember the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic we had?  But now our strength is gone.  There is nothing at all to eat – nothing but this manna day after day!

  Moses heard all the people complaining as they stood around in groups at the entrances of their tents.  He was distressed because the Lord had become angry with them.

This verse from the Israelites about their watermelons and garlic is just one of my favorites.  It’s an important verse for me to revisit from time to time… and the time has come, once again!

I thought it would be fun to have a look at my life from two angles, realizing that I have the good life, and yet I sometimes fall into the complaining rut.

So… here goes one angle.

The snow we’ve had this winter!!  Good grief!!   You should see our jobsites.  The Texico project was a literal freezing quagmire from December until February.   Mud everywhere, slogging around with oozey pancakes forming on our shoes, and tracking all through the house.   We’re all sick and tired of it.  It’s a wonder the owners ever got to move in!

Not to mention the fact that we were desperate to finish that job, but couldn’t… because of all that snow… so the little house in Portales was falling behind schedule.  Now we’re working day and night, night and day, just trying to juggle everything that has to be juggled.   How can we be expected to gear up to build more houses, when we can’t even finish this one??

Still, it has to be done… so we just work away in that little home office of ours, and it’s like walking through a maze to even get to my desk.  I’m so cramped in there, I can’t find one square inch of space to even put a post-it note.  I need a bigger office, and fast!!!

Besides all this work, I’m just expected to be at one family gathering after another.   If it’s not a birthday party, it’s a basketball game.   If it’s not a baby shower, it’s a family reunion.   It’s Sunday Dinners and family brunches all the time.   Just lots of extra responsibility on my plate, when I really could use some time to myself!

I’m tired all the time, and besides all that, my feet hurt.  No wonder!   All I do is plod, plod, plod.

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And… Angle Number Two.

Hasn’t the snow this winter just been incredible!!  I feel like I’ve had a little taste of Alaska way down here in the Southwest.  We certainly are spoiled to our sunny skies and mild winters.   And for our line of work, that’s really a plus.   It’s nice that our jobsites are usually high and dry with great working conditions.

This year our challenge has been to persevere through the mud and keep on moving… which hasn’t been so bad.  We have great crews who work with us, and they’ve all just plowed on through the snow and made things happen.   Just a few little weather delays, but we’re right on track now.

God has blessed our business with new growth this year, so on top of wrapping up our current projects, we have 4 or 5 new ones on the line.   It’s just great that our office is in our home.   We can work in the evenings, or on Saturday mornings early.  And all the while we can be catching up on laundry, or cooking.   It’s getting kind of crowded, but that’s just because our business is expanding.   What a blessing!  We have already broken ground on our new barn/house, which is going to have a gigantic office.   We can’t wait!

Besides being blessed with a growing business, we’re continually blessed with a growing family.   Although we have more family members than we can count right here in Portales, we’re also looking forward to the birth of two new babies this year, along with three weddings planned in our families.  Wow!   Never a dull moment.  We squeeze in what we can!

Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the energy to keep it all balanced.  But it’s all good!  I’m so thankful to have the health to do what I do.  I love the physical side of my job, and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Life is grand!


9 Responses to “On Complaining”

  1. Lawanda Calton says:

    Well said, Sandy! Well said! We should all make a list!

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks. It’s a lot more fun to come up with the silver lining if you ask me!

  3. Marietta says:

    Sandy, I’m happy you finally posted a little bit of the negative. I was beginning to think you didn’t have a bone in your body that was normal!
    When I was your age, I think the negative post would have been me. Now, I would like to think I am the positive post. There are some things about maturity and getting older that are really nice. One being you tend to look at the sweet side of life rather than the one that is not so sweet. Maybe bittersweet would be a good choice of words also. So many happy memories of my NM days (especially the times I spent with my best friend Jan P.) , but I have to be honest and say I don’t miss the wind and the dirt blowing. The winters as well.
    Cherish the family time you spend with your huge family. I am very envious of that. Nothing better in the whole wide world!

    Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas! Congratulations on your beautiful blog. Very inspiring and uplifting always……M

  4. Sandy says:

    Thanks Marietta,
    I’m so glad you found the blog and share memories with me.
    I used to really howl at that wind! When we moved back here we made a decision to not complain about it… no use! Gets you nowhere!
    I am truly blessed… and on my busiest of days when I’m absolutely worn to a frazzle… it’s all good!
    Thank you for reading!!

  5. michelle pond says:

    I am going to repost this on my page, Sandy. Everyone should read this wonderful meditation you wrote this morning. Bravo!

  6. Sandy says:

    Thanks Michelle. We have a choice.. and I always love hearing your positive angle!! Carry on!!!

  7. Cheryl says:

    A good reminder for all of us. It is easy to be dragged down by the negative that sometimes surrounds us…in events and people we love. But if we remember that it is not the event but the way we react to that event that matters, everyone one around us including ourselves would benefit. A little different idea, but a friend posted this the other day: “JOY: the choice to serve a purpose other than yourself.” While sometimes hard, making the CHOICE for joy, happiness, gratitude, etc. is what we need to focus on instead of the alternatives! Thanks for almost always putting the positive in your posts. While we know there can often be plenty of negative to dwell on (hey, you are part of the human race!) we can find that almost anywhere we look in news, editorials, etc. I really appreciate YOUR choice to dwell on the positive.

  8. joyce says:

    what a great example of how so many of us react negatively and then the flip side which is being thankful and happy for the exact same things…we all react the first way too often…thanks for putting it in perspective for us…

  9. Sandy says:

    Complaining and Praising… both can be VERY habit forming! Choose praise!!!

    Cheryl, thank you for the kind comment.. that I dwell on the positive. This blog is great for me. It’s my chance to continually share simple pleasures, and it truly keeps my focus where I’d like it to be.

    Sometimes when something cruddy has happened we joke and say “Can’t blog about that!”

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