Monday, March 03, 2008

No More Whining

Now that I got that last post out of my system, I'm determined not to whine anymore about the day-to-day frustrations in my life. Seriously, it's gotten to the point where I sound like a little kid. Am I entitled to a smooth ride? No. Is everything supposed to go my way? No.

Like we used to say in the navy, "Wah-fucking-wah."

So this is it. If my classes are mean to me, if traffic sucks, if the price of gas isn't what I want, you won't hear about it here. I learned a long time ago (and then have relearned at least a hundred times) that dwelling on negativity just compounds the problem. So it ends here.

No more whining.


Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me. Here's a quote to ponder: "When you change the way you look at things---the things you look at change"

Jim said...

I say go for it, Jason. Especially if it helps you cope with the trials and tribulations of daily life. There are insights aplenty you can garner from your experiences, especially as a writer. Instead of thinking of your "complaining" posts that way, think of them as a way for you, as a writer, to pull out something of substance and value.

I'd lose interest if all you ever wrote were book reports. As interested as I am in what you think, you were first and foremost my friend. I'm more interested in how you're coping with life in OK as this is about my only connection with you and Michele.

Anskov said...

What about meta-whining. Randall would have liked that.

Jason said...


Don't worry. I have some positive things to say that aren't book reports. I'm just getting tired of my own negativity again. It happens. I don't mean that I won't criticize things anymore. Just that what I criticize is going to be more substantial than it has been.


I think that post kind of was meta-whining. Whining about whining, that is. I was trying to explain metanarrative to my Comp students last week and they looked at me like I had two heads. It was funny.

Mike said...

This is a time when we need more positivity. For these are dark times.