Credit is given to Albert Einstein for one of my favorite quotes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
I have been thinking about this quote for a long while. It continues to resurface and prove its relevancy in my life, as well as within my close inner circle.
Venting and confiding in someone is so important. We need someone to go to- to get the challenges we are facing off our chest – to know someone else out there cares. Personally, I felt my venting was transforming into complaining. Complaining, it’s easy to do. However, complaining needs to be paired with, “So what are you going to do it about?” Because if you don’t do something about it, if you don’t change anything, then nothing will change! Hence, the love I have for this quote.
I am working to remind myself, if I am complaining, I need to own whatever it is I am complaining about. Then, take one step towards the change I am seeking. Because, within reason, most of my complaints can be resolved… or at least altered and/or enhanced. What I can control, I can change. If I don’t choose to make a change, and then complain some more, the process becomes insanity. Why would I think something would change without me taking steps towards the desired result?
The steps you need to take for change can be uncomfortable. In the moment, it can be scary. Nauseating. The I’d-rather-ride-the-salt-n-pepper-shaker-at-the-carnival-and-puke versus steps towards this change. Hot, clammy, shaky… However, the end result is worth it. What is more uncomfortable? The current feeling of repeated discontentment or the step towards change that results in peace and contentment?
This quote lifts me up. It reminds me to look at the challenges, obstacles, and sticky situations in my life and say “So what are YOU going to do about it? Because if you aren’t going to do anything about it, quit complaining.” Taking this approach has made me so much happier. I feel calmer. I sleep better. And of course, I complain less.
Cheers to working through tough stuff.