Antonyms of complain: laud, commend, ratify, hail, cheer, glorify, rave.
Now I wholly assent to what Lanier so eloquently states,
“Reviling is also a kind of praise,” says the poet; “pour out your grievances,” says the psalmist.
But I cannot help myself–I often see a bright side where others don’t.
Here is all of the wonderful good that I see in this picture:
- The floor is in desperate need of a good scrubbing anyway, and this = motivation!
- The shattered dispenser only cost me $1 at a garage sale.
- This event brought about a wonderful teaching moment with Norah (the perpetrator) about the consequences of accidents vs. deliberate disobedience. She began sobbing in fear the moment it happened, but I was able to sweetly reassure her that she would not be punished. She also learned about safety and carefulness without injury or (much) trauma.
- It was only water. It could have been lemonade or worse. It could have happened while I had other little charges in my care but it happened on a day when time was at my disposal.
- I’ve been brainstorming stuff to get rid of anyway.
- Or, this is an opportunity to replace it with something better.
- A beautiful reminder of the privilege I have to keep my home, the fact that I have a home at all, and a husband who provides so that I can do what I love without remorse.
This shattered beverage dispenser quenched my sorrow and self-pity today. The silver lining is simply evidence that the sun has never stopped shining at all.