By Mark Shreffler
I’ve observed over the years that complainers have made themselves victims of the things about which they complain.
A person who sets about fixing a thing that he feels needs fixing does not go on complaining about it. Noting that something needs fixing and then fixing it is a good thing and keeps a person operating in a more constructive way.
On the other hand, people who simply go on complaining tie themselves to the mast of a sinking ship.
One can complain about a ship that is taking on water, the pumps aren’t working, the crew is mistreated and the vessel has completely changed course from the one its passengers and crew were promised when it left the port. When it is discovered that the new Captain of the ship actually intends to sink it for the insurance he will recover with its loss, it’s time to abandon ship and get on to another one that is on the course with which one agrees.
One can spend the rest of his life trying to make the Captain accountable or complaining about “how it was.” Or one can just get on with his journey.
It’s pretty simple. If there is such a thing as a “one-shot ethics handling,” it would be “Stop Complaining!” In your thoughts and actions, keep your attention to your own course, to your own counsel and to your own goals. Correct things when you can, but in the end whether you make it to your desired port depends on your ability to stay true to yourself, to your own Code of Honor.
Happily, the destination you seek can be accomplished. There are many vessels that can get you there. When your vessel is no longer seaworthy and you cannot repair it, you need to examine other alternatives.
One seeks the harbor of Freedom. One’s achievement of that is not determined by a vessel. Vessels can sink or find themselves on the rocks. The Road to Freedom is as incorruptible as your tenacity to this road, and will only be achieved by those who vigilantly maintain this course.
Should you find yourself on a sinking ship and it cannot be repaired, send an SOS (Save Our Ship) to Milestone Two. If they can’t help you fix it, they have a log of many vessels that will get you there.
And stop complaining!