There’s Always Something to Complain About

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It’s been a busy week.

I’m busy at my new job.

My wife is working full time after not doing so for several years while our kids were small.

The kids are involved in sports, scouts, swimming, music, and a bunch of other stuff.

I find myself working to try to find time to run, do yoga, read my growing list of books, complete house projects, and shuttle my kids to all of their activities.

Today I was thinking through all of these activities and caught myself complaining.

Complaining about a lack of time and a lot to do.

Complaining that I’m not in the kind of shape that I’d like to be.

Complaining that I’ve argued with my family a bit too much this week.

I could go on, but in the end I realized that, in life, there’s always something to complain about.

But wait.

I have a new job that I love.

My wife has a new job that she loves.

My kids are involved in activities they love and attend a great school.

Sure, I have to be a bit more intentional, and perhaps selective, about the way I spend my time, but I am enjoying learning yoga and happen to be super excited about my reading list.

You know what I realized?

There’s always something to be grateful for.

Here’s hoping that will be the title of future blog posts instead of the way I’ve titled this one.

Jeremy Watkin is a Product Marketing Manager at 8x8. He has more than 19 years of experience as a customer service professional leading high performing teams in the contact center. Jeremy has been recognized numerous times as a thought leader for his writing and speaking on a variety of topics including quality management, outsourcing, customer experience, contact center technology, and more. When not working you can typically find him spending quality time with his wife Alicia and their three boys, running with his dog, or dreaming of native trout rising for a size 16 elk hair caddis. Be sure to connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

3 comments

  • It’s all in the mindset. It’s easy to complain, we all get caught up in it – me too. But taking a positive outlook makes everyone around you realize how special each day can be. Thanks, Jeremy.

  • I have to agree with all noted above (including Steve’s comment).

    We are humans and we definitely have moments when we need to vent (and to have solidarity in groups where we cultivate an understanding of this) BUT it’s vitally important to realize that for what it is and to focus on finding balance and understanding in the relationship we have with our job (and our customers).

    I find myself thinking about when I was in my darkest moments during the economic downturn and realize that even on the days when I’m most troubled, I can reset my perspective. Thanks for sharing this!

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