On Complaining and Being Grateful (Fragmented Fridays)

by Claudya Martinez on February 1, 2013

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On the one hand…

Just because I don't complain, doesn't mean I have nothing to complain about.

On the other hand…

I always have something to be grateful for.

Today I’m grateful that I was able to pay some bills, eat homemade carrot cake muffins that I made for my family, sleep longer than usual, get on my computer even though I need a new one.

 

And now your Friday Fortune Cookie
(don’t forget to add “in bed” at the end, if you are so inclined):

Don’t forget to be grateful.


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  • http://singedwingangelspad.com/ Angel Shrout

    OH gratefulness in bed is the best place to find it.. I want my camera back so bad and hopefully I can be grateful my refund came in and I can get it back out of pawn.. sighs and pouts

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      I want you to have your camera back too.

  • http://honduras-gumbo.com/ Laurie Matherne

    I was just thinking about the word in Spanish, la gripe. It’s easy to complain, especially if one has reason. Many of my friends have la gripe right now. I am grateful I can pay my bills, which I am doing today, and I, too, am grateful for computer time even if the screen occasionally has “issues.” I would love a new one, too.

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Yesterday the “L” key on my computer started flapping as in it is trying to break off. I started to get upset and then realized, it’s just a minor inconvenience and that my computer still does most of what it needs to do and that it is just a reminder to start saving up for a new one.

      • http://afcsoac.blogspot.com/ lisleman

         Ah it might be a reminder that you use the “L” too much.  Lay off the “L” or else a little key will leave you “ove” instead of “love”.

  • http://www.indigoroth.com/ Indigo Roth

    Hey Claudya! I like to reflect and appreciate, and will always talk about the good things that happen in a day, not the bad. I salute you! Indigo

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Salute you right back, my friend.

  • http://www.mommysnest.com MommyLisa

    HA HA HA.  Love that fortune. 

  • http://tracismixedbag.com tracismixedbag

    Great reminder. I think sometimes loneliness is masked by complaints, people who want others to reach out to them and support them. It’s an immature way to get friends to support but it’s common. Kind of like the little neglected kid trying to get their parents attention by being bad. Little do they realize that reaching out and encouraging others brings it back to you. You, C. Are an encourager and you deserve every good thing you get. 

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Wow, talk about being an encourager. Thank you!

      • http://tracismixedbag.com tracismixedbag

         ;-)

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    Those are beautiful things to have in your life. Making a gratefulness list always helps me put things into perspective. 

  • http://www.keethastuff.blogspot.com/ Keetha

    I hear ya about the “need a new computer” deal.  I’ve been thinking the same thing about me.

  • Myya Says…

    What a great reminder :)  Grateful for Fridays as well!!!

  • http://afcsoac.blogspot.com/ lisleman

    carrot cake – great with rich frosting and crunchy nuts.  I don’t know about your muffins but I bet your family loves them.  Muffins are more personal than cakes.  Sharing cake is more common than sharing muffins.  I should apply for grant money to study the differences between cakes and muffins.  Nah, maybe I’m just getting the late afternoon munchies.

  • http://myinnerchick.com/ My Inner Chick

    Homemade carrot cake?  YEAHhh, Baby!  Xx

  • Angelia Sims

    I’m grateful that this morning was a calmer day at work. So nice not to be slammed. :-) Carrot cake muffins? Yum!

  • http://beccagallery.me/ Becca Gallery

    Homemade carrot cake muffins? Recipe please! How do they compare to your mexican chocolate oatmeal ones?

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Maybe I’ll post the recipe next week. I would say these are a bit more dense/hearty than the Mexican chocolate oatmeal muffins. I don’t think I can choose between the two as I like them both. The carrot ones are low fat because I replace the butter with applesauce, which also lets me cut the sugar in half.

      • http://beccagallery.me/ Becca Gallery

        Awesome. I do the applesauce trick with brownies (in lieu of oil), but didn’t know it could work for butter too. Thanks!

  • LL Cool Joe

    Yeah it’s so easy to focus on all the crap when really there are so many things we can all be grateful about. Happy Saturday to you!

  • http://livingoffscript.com/ Bee

    There’s always something to be grateful for in our lives, and not just around Thanksgiving!

  • Bossy Betty

    Oh yes!! Lots and lots to be grateful for around here!

  • Frau

    Love it….sometimes I forget to sit back and be grateful…great reminder! Happy Weekend!

  • http://xishellwords.blogspot.com/ ::xishell::

    Yes and Yes.

  • http://www.halfpastkissintime.com Mrs4444

    So much to be grateful for, including my friendship with YOU :)

  • deborahpucci

    I like both of those….so true!

  • Betsy Henry

    Ahhh, the simple things in life are often the best! And complaining doesn’t change anything so why do it? Great reminders!! Thanks Mami!!

  • tettelestai

    It is wonderful to be grateful even when there is plenty to say against it. Have a great week!!

  • http://www.classicnycstory.com/ Classic NYer

    Muffins!

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    I feel what you wrote in your post today, Claudya. I am a little non-existent right now, as my head is all focused on my wounds. :D Taking longer than it should, thanks to an allergy kicking in at the most inappropriate time. Although, what time is appropriate for any setback? :-) Hugs. You inspire.

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