Maya Angelou on Complaining

I get a weekly newsletter from James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, which lives up to its claim of being the “most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.” (If you’re interested in seeing his latest, you can scroll to the bottom click here

A recent quotation from the newsletter was good enough to go into my notes review system (which I should talk about sometime), and popped up this evening during my review.

“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this… So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

Maya Angelou in Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Summary: time is precious, so don’t spend it complaining. If you don’t like something, change what you can about it, or change your mind.

I’m starting to see a pattern in my posts — a lot is about time figuring out how to get the right perspective around it in order to get the most out of it.

I’m ok with that.

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