This time of year is filled with repeated, tiresome messages of gratitude and gratitude for our many blessings.
We read articles, listen to podcasts, and watch movies that inspire our gratitude. And most people (not you, of course) may comment on all of their blessings.
But not you.
We might play along for a second and say, “Oh yeah…I’m grateful…” We’re doing this to pretend we’re on board, but we wouldn’t want to linger there very long or we could of such positives Bologna are influenced . True to form, as grumps, we willingly let our minds leap to our chronic ailments and frustrations.
The inner resistance builds and we start getting annoyed with all those fake smiling cheergivers and thank you messages.
Well, it’s about time us grumps get our vacations back on track. Aren’t you tired of all the gratitude and appreciation stuff? Instead, this Thanksgiving, why don’t we just dig deep to fully experience the power of being the complete Grump? We must start complaining and blaming without embarrassment and maximize our desperation to project some of this misery onto others!
The Power of the Grump!
Everyone always proclaims the value of gratitude. Especially in today’s climate, it seems timely to acknowledge our leadership’s trends and the great values they promote! Here, just in time for Grumpsgiving, are all the great benefits we have from joining the herd of Grumps.
1 — The more we complain and blame grumps, the more we realize we’re always right: Need a boost for your weak ego? Do you feel lost because things haven’t come to you the way you want them to? We can change that now.
Here’s the answer: double down on Grumpville! Get in the game of blaming and complaining, and soon you’ll have an overblown and NEVER fake ego. Refine yourself to only noticing the faults and errors of someone who disagrees with you, and then start sharing your complaints. Do this in a powerful, angry voice, as if you are absolutely sure of your rightness. No one else will have room to be right, and you’ll see that everyone else is an idiot (unless they agree with you!).
The weaker you feel your ego is, you might need to brush it up a bit. Watch some great grumps on YouTube and practice what they do. It’s a great jump starter that feeds your mind with professional-level complaints.
2 – Grump’s #1 Secret Weapon: We’re never responsible for our fights because it’s your fault! It’s a beautiful thing! Why take responsibility for your mistakes? All this responsibility stuff is overrated and based on the premise that we want to grow, evolve and improve. Or worse, we want to be happy and feel good. Forget this stupidity!
So pay attention to how you feel when you don’t take responsibility for anything. Your ego will begin to inflate, and even though it’s completely filled with “hot air,” it’s a big ego nonetheless. And that’s better, I’m convinced, than a weak ego.
3 – Grump Secret Weapon #2: You will always be the victim! Here’s another fantastic benefit of lawsuits and finger pointing. You’re always the poor, poor victim of all these other bad people in the world. If someone tries to hold you accountable, you pout four years and blame someone else.
When in doubt, the true grump digs deeper into that victim role. For those wannabe grumps who join this herd, they will see your pain. They will applaud your tantrums and reinforce how terribly victimized you have been. Try to get your best friends on board so you can all support each other in being victims.
Sometimes, though, you’ll have to share the mantle, as every victim needs the spotlight now and then!
4 — You often look and feel miserable! (The happiness thing is overrated.) Just ignore all this research on happiness, appreciation and love. Who needs that stuff anyway? It’s all for the wimps who can’t stand being right all the time. They don’t have the guts to blame and complain, and for some reason they’d rather smile than frown. Again, fools who are weak!
Now, show your strength about this grumpsgiving by frowning and growling at others, just the heck. More misery awaits you, and you, my friend, have the courage and strength to do so. Test it and find out how much pain you can take.
Take baby steps if you have to!
If you are new to grump training, I know this is asking a lot of some of you. For others, however, this will feel just right. But remember, when you’re tempted to be grateful or kind, MUMBLE a little. You can always find something to complain about with your child, your spouse, or the food. Or turn on the news; in fact, you can focus on world-class complaints.
Humor aside: Thanksgiving or Grumpsgiving?
Let’s imagine we have the power, and we do that to choose what to focus on.
The grumps of this world often don’t realize that they have a choice, even though they do have one. The same option applies to all of us. Let’s redouble our disinterest in the complaints we hear from others and the complaints that pop up in our heads. Instead, let’s focus on finding gratitude over and over again in almost every moment for something big or small. Try it for an hour today and see how the rest of the day goes.
We can choose to focus in ways that alter our emotional state, and we can then share that sweetness with those we love and meet. Happy Thanksgiving to EVERYONE (even the grumps!)
dr Randy Cale, a Clifton Park-based parenting expert, author, speaker, and licensed psychologist, provides practical guidance on a variety of parenting needs. His website, www.TerrificParenting.com, offers free parenting advice and an email newsletter. Readers can learn more by reading previous articles found on The Saratogian, The Record, and The Community News websites. Send questions to DrRandyCale@gmail.com