I thought of the spiritual song, I Won’t Complain when I read the line “I won’t crank and moan,” from Bernie Mac’s book, Maybe You Never Cry Again. His mother’s pearls of wisdom are filtered throughout the book. He decided that he wanted to be a comedian when he saw her go from depressed tears to a hilarious laughter in a matter of minutes as she listened to a comedian. He wanted to know who had the power to make a sad person laugh that wholeheartedly. The seeds for his comedic success were planted on that day.
His mother, Mary, passed when he was a young teenager but she laid the groundwork and left him with a host of teachings that he called Mac-isms. His mother and grandmother reminded him that every day that he woke up, he had something to accomplish.
Isn’t that a great lesson for all of us? We are basically a complaining society as we stay in quest of just one more material thing. We tell our woes and vent to all who will listen as we go through life and accumulate more belongings.
Unfortunately, it’s the way of the world. The news, the talk shows and our conversations are normally filled with what we see wrong, what we fear or what we denounce and find uncomfortable.
We go on and on but, we must simply stop and curtail that list of the negative observations and feelings. We should fill up our daily gratitude pages. One minister graciously reminded us to be thankful for something as small as a stick of chewing gum. We should write or audibly voice more thank you’s and not crank and moan so much.
The more we praise, the more we raise and lift up the standard of being mindful of what we have already been given. Then we can humble ourselves, locate more peace and practice housing a more appeased Spirit. We can become more magnanimous and grateful as we downshift into cruise mode as we close out 2016.
Lynn M. December 4, 2016