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Complaint Stoplight

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“Chronic complaining is a useless practice that destroys self-acceptance and self-reliance . . . Instead . . . I can ask myself, “Is there anything I can do to help myself with this?” (For Today, p. 239). Chronic complaining sounds like self-abuse: if I continue to stay in the problem, then I am living in the problem—and living in the past. I’d been exhausting myself with chronic complaining. More importantly, when I finally realized what I was doing: looking outward at others’ actions and faulting them, I saw how I was stagnant in my own life: the complaining was allowing

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