Thursday, July 29, 2021

"The only thing complaining does is convince other people that you are not in control." Unknown



I saw a poem this week that made me think about how many people whine and complain.  I know complaining is in our human nature, but I truly believe that sometimes, people simply need to adjust their perspective in order to see things more clearly.  After all, if you don't like something, instead of complaining, do something about it.  If you can't do anything about a circumstance, what you can do is change your attitude. 

This short and succinct poem by Red Foley puts both small and large complaints into perspective. 

When I Whine by Red Foley 

Today upon a bus, I saw

A lovely maid with golden hair; 

I envied her - she seemed so gay

And oh, I wished I were so fair...

When suddenly she rose to leave, 

I saw her hobble down the aisle, 

She had one foot and wore a crutch, 

But as she passed, a smile.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;

I have two feet - the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,

The lad who served me had such charm;

He seemed to radiate good cheer, 

His manner was so kind and warm.

I said, "It's nice to deal with you, 

Such courtesy I seldom find."

He turned and said, "Oh, thank you, sir!"

And I saw that he was blind.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;

I have two eyes - the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street, 

I saw a child with eyes of blue. 

He stood and watched the others play; 

It seemed he knew not what to do, 

I stopped a moment, then I said:

"Why don't you join the others, dear?"

He looked ahead without a word, And then I knew; 

He could not hear.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; 

I have two ears - the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go, 

With eyes to see the sunset's glow, 

With ears to hear what I should know:

I'm blessed indeed, The world is mine;

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.


Who is Red Foley?  Clyde Julian Red Foley (1910-1968) was a musician, singer, and radio and television personality.  He was also the father-in-law of Pat Boone. To read more about him, click on this link:  

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