Exodus 16:2-3 New International Version
2 In the desert the whole community complained against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat round pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’
Have you ever tried to break a habit? If you have, you know it’s process and not an event. Somewhere during that process the shine wears off and discomfort sets in, or the shakes, or a nicotine fit, etc.
This is a definitive moment. Do I go back to my place of comfort or endure?
I have been here many times before and have chosen both. I haven’t kept score but I’m pretty sure comfort is winning and by a lot. If it weren’t, why would I feel the need to go on a 21 day hiatus from complaining and write about it?
Have I failed along the way? Yep.
Have I thought quitting wouldn’t be so bad? You know it.
It maybe a little shallow that having initial moments of self satisfaction, pats on the back and “you go girls” aren’t enough motivation but it’s true.
So, I went on a search.
I am thankful to have come across research that directly addresses complaining. What I found was that the hippocampus has been shown to shrink from just 30 minutes of complaining. It has the same effects on the body as stress: impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia, decreased bone density, decrease in muscle tissue, lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, and slowed wound healing. And it also has a “second hand smoke effect” in that it effects the health of those listening.
Well, that’s enough sobering information for one day. Tomorrow we’ll talk about ALL the benefits of gratitude.
Be well, Beloved.