More than anything else, this blog is me talking to me and I hope it can help you too.


Just a few months ago, my wife and I got a dog (his name is Theo, he’s super cute and he’s a ton of work (duh)). It’s been such a blessing to have him in our home and it feels like every single day he’s getting bigger (because, he is). I share all of this because the past few weeks have been low on sleep (thanks to Theo) and as a result, I’ve been complaining more than I’d like (both inward and outward). This blog is a chance for me to tell me the following…

Stop complaining about things that you’re not willing (or able) to change.

See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”

Eckhart Tolle

It’s madness to spend our most valuable resource (time) making ourselves the victim of things that we cannot (or will not) change. Deep down at it’s core, this blog is about ownership; it’s about making a commitment to control the things we can (attitude and effort) and to surrender the rest. This blog is about responding well (with intention) rather than reaction poorly (with emotion). This season is about focusing resources on changing, not on complaining.


If the words above resonated with you, I’m not surprised. Part of being human is being frustrated with the tension between what we want and what is; between ideal and real. You’re invited to complain less with me and for now, let me leave you with the wise words from an all-time great.

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

Maya Angelou

Stop complaining.

Joe Rinaldi

IG: @joearinaldi

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