So I’m 4 days into my anti grumbling mini journey within a journey! Its been a challenge but so far I’ve been able to do it. I think the main reason has been a whole host of people, resources and helpers that have provided great antidotes to the potential of caving in and just grumbling.
Thankfulness (A theme explored helpfully by Mark Powley in his recent Lent Journey) has been the key antidote to enabling this grumble free journey so far.
Family, Friends, Reflecting on what I do have rather than what I don’t have/need and many more things have been incredibly helpful. Being at work all weekend and remembering just how much I have has been a real help. This film by Dr Scott Todd explaining how much progress has been made, and can still be made in the fight against poverty is really profound.
I’m also thankful for a great weekend, great people, great food, great music and a great sense of people wanting to learn, be challenged and also have fun at the same time. How can I grumble after all this?
Well…. I still have 3 days to go… so It could still go horribly wrong!!
I’m caught in a little bit of tension. Discontentment, protest, challenging and asking the why questions with passion are so key to bringing about and seeing change take place. However contentment, thankfulness and gratitude are also the key to remaining open, positive and reducing grumbling. Maybe we need both.