Out West, a cowboy was driving down a dirt road, his dog riding in back of the pickup
truck, his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a
Sometime later, a highway patrol officer came on the scene. An animal lover, he saw the
horse first. Realizing the serious nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver
and put the animal out of his misery. He walked around the accident and found the dog,
also hurt critically. He couldn't bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dog's
suffering as well.
Finally he located the cowboy --who suffered multiple fractures--off in the weeds.
"Hey, are you okay?" the cop asked. The cowboy took one look at the smoking
revolver in the trooper's hand and quickly replied, "Never felt better!"
Don't complain and talk about all your problems--80 percent of people
don't care; the other 20 percent will think you deserve them.
A heavy wagon was being dragged along a country lane by a team of oxen. The axles
groaned and creaked terribly, when the oxen turning around thus addressed the wheels,
"Hey there, why do you make so much noise? We bear all the labor, and we -- not you
-- ought to cry out!" Those complain first in our churches who have the least to do.
The gift of grumbling is largely dispensed among those who have no other talents, or who
keep what they have wrapped up in a napkin.
Charles Spurgeon in The Quotable Spurgeon.
Dr. Robert Travis, co-director of Marital and Health Studies at the Univ. of Alabama,
lists the most common complaints of husbands and wives. WIVES: He doesn't listen to
me, He takes me for granted, He's not romantic, He doesn't help much with the children.
HUSBANDS: She doesn't understand that I need time by myself; she nags about little
things; she expects too much emotionally; she complains that I spend too much time at
Fathergram, March, 1985.
You will find that, as a rule, those who complain about the way the ball bounces are
usually the ones who dropped it.
Air travel has great advantages, but have you ever had to sit in a bus three hours
while it circled around the depot?
Need something to complain about? It's not very encouraging to know your bank deposits
are protected by an agency of a federal government that's $1.6 trillion in debt.
A guide at Blarney Castle in Ireland was explaining to some visitors that his job was
not always as pleasant as it seemed. He told them about a group of disgruntled tourists he
had taken to the castle earlier in the week.
"These people were complaining about everything," he said. "They didn't
like the weather, the food, their hotel accommodations, the prices, everything. Then to
top it off, when we arrived at the castle, we found that the area around the Blarney Stone
was roped off. Workmen were making some kind of repairs." "This is the last
straw!" exclaimed one lady who seemed to be the chief faultfinder in the group.
"I've come all this way, and now I can't even kiss the Blarney Stone."
"Well, you know," the guide said, "according to legend, if you kiss
someone who has kissed the stone, it's the same as kissing the stone itself."
"And I suppose you've kissed the stone," said the exasperated lady. "Better
than that." replied the guide. "I've sat on it."
Bits & Pieces, January 9,
1992, p. 11.
A monk joined a monastery and took a vow of silence. After the first 10 years his
superior called him in and asked, "Do you have anything to say?" The monk
replied, "Food bad." After another 10 years the monk again had opportunity to
voice his thoughts. He said, "Bed hard." Another 10 years went by and again he
was called in before his superior. When asked if he had anything to say, he responded,
"I quit." "It doesn't surprise me a bit. You've done nothing but complain
ever since you got here."