Oh you thought I was listening?


How often do you complain? How often do you have to listen to other’s complaining?

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Everywhere I turn someone has something to complain about. Sometimes it is little, such as they did not want to wake up this morning. Sometimes it is big, such as the world is out to get them.

I am so full of other peoples complaints. I was unaware that I carried around an invisible complaint box everywhere I went. I too have a life and struggles. It never fails that who ever is complaining, never asks me how I am doing.

Maybe you too have been carrying around said box. I feel your pain.

It is time we fought back. And here is how we will start.

1. Respond with: how thankful you are that you have clean drinking water, do not have cancer, or any other extreme example pointing out how petty they are being.

2. Respond with: talk to the hand because the face ain’t listening. I did this to my friends in middle school all the time and it totally worked.

3. Respond with: Gosh, your life is so terrible, does anything good every happen to you?

4. Respond with: Oh I’m sorry were you talking to me? I was busy thinking about how awesome my life is.

5. If all else fails respond with: Those goddamn (insert liberal, conservative, etc depending on the person) are ruining america! and storm off.

44 thoughts on “Oh you thought I was listening?

  1. I think you are making such a good point. I am finding that the less I complain the better I feel. Sure there are times we all need a good venting session, but most of the time it does minimal good. And lately I have realized that while yes sometimes my life is difficult, there are people who have it so much worse than I do

  2. I love #3 and #4! Especially #4…which you could actually say while practicing your New Jersey accent (doing your best DeNiro), “You talkin’ to ME?” You have to squint really hard while doing this so you look like a tough guy/girl. Prison tats would add to the menacing attitude. You might actually scare the complaints out of said person. Just a thought….Sandy

  3. Honestly, I rarely if ever complain.. But boy do I hear so many others and I have to bite my tongue sometimes..Arghhh!!

  4. Reblogged this on dirt n kids and commented:
    “Oh, I’m sorry, were you talking to me? I was busy thinking about how awesome my life is.” I prefer to avoid chronic complainers, but thanks to NeverContrary, I now have a nice retort — simple and precise. And, yes, my husband has been instructed to use it on me too (he hears me complain often when I’m in my crappy, er, uh…wonderful kitchen).

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  6. This is wonderful. It is challenging to find a way around people who are often negative. I’ve tried many things through the years. Though I try to look on the bright side and point out the good things when others gripe, it’s funny when they say, “Ugh, you are always so positive!”

    I do like “does anything good ever happen to you?” also.

  7. Makes me worried if I ever complained to you! haha… at least I never got the “talk to the hand” response…

  8. Never contrary I am never cease to be amazed at how whenever I read your comments on life I am enthralled and yet they are so simple and so resolute! How is the Tae Kwon Do? Would you believe it there are still about twelve beautiful red flowers on my Camelia!!!?

  9. OMG, Thank you so much for this!!! It’s so true!!! My life is amazing and so if your’s! Love your suggestions!!!

  10. Good topic for a post! I listen to more than my fair share of complaining with my clients. A standard response of mine is “So how do you plan to handle that?”

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