See if you can catch yourself complaining in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge.

When you complain, you make yourself a victim.

Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.

 Eckhart Tolle

Ready for anything

My teacher Suzuki Roshi would say, “Sitting meditation is to practice being ready for anything.”

Being ready for anything is different than gearing yourself up

to defend or to attack things as they come toward you.

You sit, and you’re ready for anything.

Edward Espe Brown, The Most Important Point

Our friend this challenge

Dealing with any of our life’s difficulties is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, bringing us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them

Thich Nhat Hanh