Can You Go 24 Hours Without Doing THIS?

By: Sana Noor, Guest Blogger

I think most of us, including me, spent the last year complaining. It’s an inherent quality of humans to complain. We learn it early on in our childhood and somehow decide to give it the power to run our life. I know I spent too much time complaining and now with the New Year already under way it might be time for a change.

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, or at least not anymore. As a child I remember going up to my parents and telling them what resolutions I had made. Years later I’ve come to understand that resolutions somehow never stick. The 31st will decide the promise, the 1st will see it through, the 2nd with attempt to make it stick, the 3rd will give you pep talks (albeit failed ones) and the 4th will just scoff and tell you to go back to sleep all the while telling you to be realistic.

So, let’s be realistic. Forget making promises of things that might seem impossible and take them one day at a time. Weirdly enough I was on Pinterest searching New Year’s Resolutions and came across one that wasn’t much a resolution rather a change.

Go 24 hours without complaining. Not even once.

Let’s start small. We just might see the world differently. We just might feel the change deep in our bones. We just might like the feeling we get. A lot of our complaining actually turns toxic and our self suffers because of it.


Maybe we should accept what life throws our way and open our arms wider, smile brighter and just say, “Okay, thanks! You can send my way anything and I won’t complain but don’t expect me to just sit around. I’ll change the circumstance myself. I won’t complain, I’ll learn.”

I’m going to give it a shot and who knows, it might just culminate into something long term.

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About Sana

sana.jpgSana Noor is a Grammar fanatic, simply loves the colour blue, anything with a history and Florence and the Machine. Her heart bleeds poetry and believes in the art of the handwritten letter. 



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  • commented 2015-02-28 15:35:17 -0800
    Sana, I really enjoyed reading your column about the harmful effects of complaining as opposed to celebrating life and understanding that not everyday is rosy. It reminded me of a place I used to work where we were trained in the FISH! philosophy of play, be there, make their day, and choose your attitude. I have made an effort more so than in the past to make sure to check my attitude at the door. I am taking 18 upperdivision credits this term and of course it’d be easy to complain, to give in, to settle for less than my best but by choosing my attitude and EMBRACING the challenge I am rising to the occcassion and leaning that I am capable of more than I thought I was. 18 upperdivision credits in a term in addition to working 12-15 hours/wk is a stretch but by having a plan, choosing my attitude everyday, working my tail off, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet I am on my way. Thanks again for the post, it was impactful and inspiring, best wishes.

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