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Noticing the Gold

Noticing the Gold

“The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.” – poet Randall Jarrell

Working as a nanny over the past year, I have heard the 13-year-old and seven-year-old who I watch say some crazy things. Just the other day, the 13-year-old and her friend were discussing Instagram on our drive to cheer practice.

“Ugh, the most likes I’ve even gotten for a post is 80. That’s so sad.”

“Oh yeah. The most I’ve gotten is like 165.”

“How many do my posts have?!” the seven-year-old chimed in.

The three then proceeded to discuss how annoying it was that people would follow them on social media and not comment on their posts. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was seven, I didn’t even know what the internet was!

But that really wasn’t the point. As I listened to these children complain about something so silly, I began to think of all the silly things that I complain about on a daily basis.

I complain about my mom making chicken AGAIN for dinner instead of thanking her for making dinner at all. I complain about a hard day at work instead of thanking God for giving me a job in this economy. I complain about having to live at home with my parents after college instead of thanking them for letting me save up money and live rent-free in a beautiful home.

I love to complain, and, if I’m being honest, when I heard of the 21-day challenge at Floris UMC, my first thought was, “What would anyone talk about?” After all, I spend my days listening to complaining at work, at home, in my head—everywhere. But this challenge has finally shown me that all that complaining isn’t just a part of life. It’s a problem, and it can be fixed.

I want to try to stop complaining whether I wear that purple bracelet or not. I want to encourage others to stop complaining. And at the very least, I want to notice just how gold everything around me is instead of complaining about how yellow it looks.

About Sydney Morgan

Sydney loves traveling, reading and all things communications related. She attended Floris UMC for over 15 years and is a proud Virginia Tech alum.

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