Stop Complaining

by David Ning · 17 comments

Before we complain ever again, we should perhaps come back and re-look at this post. Stop complaining about the government’s involvement on Freddie and Fannae, stop complaining about the stock price, and stop complaining about our job. We are the lucky ones in the world.

If you think you are unhappy, look at them.

kid on top of a persons head

If you think your salary is low, how about her?

A kid on the street for money


When you feel like giving up, think of this man.

grandfather takes me to school

If you think you don’t have many friends…

soldier with a dog

If you think you suffer in life, do you suffer as much as he does?

bike with tons of stuff

If you complain about your transport system, how about them?

crossing a bridge

If your society is unfair to you, how about her?

grandma is still working hard
Playing the same game
bought the wrong pair of shoes
I really hate vegetables
no one cares about me
i love studying
happy to have a place to sleep
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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Miranda September 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

Thank you for helping me take a moment to step outside myself and contemplate how good I really do have it. Even the poorest of us here in The U.S.A. often have it better than millions of others around the world.

Blog Action Day is on poverty. I hope we can all open our eyes a little more.

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David September 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

Watch out, people might get mad that you are concerned about people other than yourself. ;-) I was just attacked on my site for caring about people’s problems. Great post, thanks for showing this stuff Ning.

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Tushar September 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

This post should open everyone’s eyes. I was born and brought up in India and I have seen what poverty can do to you.

But after coming to the US, even I sometimes forget how people suffer.

Good one David .

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Metz - Empty Streets September 12, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I just love this article, It’s has enough to move people to open their eyes and see the realities that is affecting our world today. I myself see it here in the Philippines and it saddens me greatly when people choose to ignore the blessing they have in life and take the time to actually share them

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web about money September 13, 2008 at 5:42 am

I just love this article,some photes are about Chinese people,They are really, I know.

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Dividend Growth Investor September 13, 2008 at 6:12 am

Thanks for posting this MoneyNing. It pays to know that most people living in the western world have a pretty sweet life compared to the rest of the world..

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Shadox September 13, 2008 at 8:16 am

Perspective is a good thing, but I think that lack of contentment is what drives us to achieve the next target. If you keep telling yourself that someone else has a worse job, do you reduce your incentive to work hard and find a more challenging or a better one? If you think our society is unfair, should you feel better by the fact that there are places in the world where people are even less fortunate? Sorry, I don’t think so.

Perspective is important, but so is context. I know that there are children starving in Africa, but other than contributing to charities to try to alleviate their suffering, how does this comparison help you to improve your own circumstances?

Here’s my take on it: keep things in proportion, but strive to make things better. Don’t just take your situation as a given. It doesn’t matter whether others are in a better or worse position than you. Make an effort to change your own life.

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Shaun Connell September 13, 2008 at 11:35 am

Wow. That’s all I can say. Those images proved the point perfectly.

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Aaron September 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I agree with Shadox. I think we should strive to make things better in the world given its inherent inequalities. But that does not mean we do not have the right to complain. Everyone has the right to complain about what they view as stressful in their own lives. You are right though, that putting things in perspective does help us cope.

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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting September 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Wow. This made me cry. You are so so right. It is just so very hard seeing children hurting like that.

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Grey September 15, 2008 at 9:20 am

Hi. Found this through Smarter Wallet. It brought tears to my eyes, particularly the photos of the starving children. I really do have to sit back and consider my affluence, at times.

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Savings Toolbox September 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm

really great reflection.

times are hard now for many people not used to worrying about money. More and more people are complaining about the most ridiculous things. And it seems that no one is ever happy.

In just a few short photos, you’ve knocked us all down a peg and reminded us that it could ALWAYS be worse.

Great job.

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Jerrold September 21, 2008 at 11:26 am

One time I read a self-help book that said complaining was a sign of weakness. My roommate then started complaining about something and I said “You know what’s worse than that? The Holocaust.” In retrospect, that wasn’t very helpful of me.

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Leo November 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

You have to understand that people complain about the government because these poor peoples lifestyle is a bi-product of us. USA is an empire and we divide and conquer smaller countries to sell us their cheap resources. So if we worked on the US infrastructure then we can help the whole world.

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Wylie February 20, 2009 at 12:15 am

… am I the only one that finds this a little bit pretentious? I understand that peoples’ lives are completely miserable… and FAR worse than mine, but that doesn’t mean that I need it waved in my face every other day. Call me a cynical bastard, but I think posts like this are too prevalent and seem to be less of a humanitarian effort and more of a “Look what a humanitarian *I* am” effort.

Do I feel for these people? Yes, I truly do. There’s nothing in the world more painful than photos like this and the knowledge that most are likely recent and ALL show the world for what it really is.

Do I need to see these pictures as often as I do? No, thanks…

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hadi July 4, 2010 at 12:52 am

oh i m really happy now….. goon help me always i feel…. thanks Allah…..

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Jonathan December 8, 2012 at 5:52 am

Wow, powerful stuff and a potent reminder of just how fortunate we are in western countries. I think it’s especially important to think about this as we approach Christmas, where excess is encouraged. For some just getting anything to eat on Christmas day would be a bonus. Thanks for keeping us grounded :)

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