Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Complaining vs Moaning


I struggled to come up with an appropriate picture for today's post so I found a 'Moaning Mini'! Geddit?   Actually this car looks quite jolly and I've always had quite a soft spot for these little darlings in spite of a propensity to cut out in heavy rain that  meant I nearly missed a French holiday

I am still sick.  Moving causes violent coughing so, in the main, I've been staying put, except to crawl downstairs for cups of tea.  My appetite is down in my boots but I'm putting a brave face on that and viewing it as good for the diet.    In a few hours during yesterday morning  before I resorted to napping I fired off three complaint emails.  They included one to the council because the bins haven't been collected and another to a big national company who think that they're perfectly within their rights to regularly bring a town on my commute to a complete standstill in rush hour with their lorry moving shenanigans.  It's been getting my goat for some time.

As so it's this second example that has made me  come to realise that there's a difference between complaining and   moaning.    I've been going on about those bloody juggernauts for ages.  That complaint seems so empowering, taking positive action in the face of something causing unacceptable annoyance.   Even if it comes to nothig at least I can say that I didn't roll over defeated without a murmur.   It has been done  too in a nice dignified way where no rag has been lost.  Whereas  I admit the odd bout of ineffectual moaning  can be cathartic if the same tale of woe is repeated over and over again, it's another matter. It seems to serve no purpose other than increasing feelings of helplessness and lack of control.

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  1. Really sorry you still aren't feeling right. But well done with the complaining!

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  2. Sorry to hear you are still unwell. Take care and do as little as possible to rest your body. Well done on making two complaints to the correct sources ai stead of just mithering about it.

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    1. I am resting today. Yesterday I went to work because I needed to drop Louis to school and pick him up again, a round trip of twenty miles each time. I wish I'd gone home in between. Hindsight is lovely. xx

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  3. It's about being proactive isn't and doing something. I used to moan about people dropping litter...now I just pick the wretched stuff up whilst still moaning to myself and keep promoting the recycling schemes on social media. Arilx

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    1. When I picked up litter on a French beach I got a round of applause. No-one joined in though. xx

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  4. Sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery. I think it is a positive thing to send a letter of complaint when necessary. My partner once joked "sending more threatening letters are we?". Smart a***!

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    1. I'm stopping now! The responses are coming in and my bin is empty. Yay! xx

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  5. How long has this been going on for? Being sick, I mean? You might think about a tonic such as Sambucol, that might sest you right faster than not using it. xx

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    1. Only a few days - just a heavy cold. The tonic sounds lovely. The only thing is that the health food shop is down a great big hill and I haven't the energy to go there at the moment. xx

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  6. Buy it online, see link: http://www.expresschemist.co.uk/sambucol.html
    Also on Amazon...

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    1. Thanks - I might be well enough to pop on over to the healthfood shop when I'm home again. xx

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