Personally, I prefer whining but it wasn’t getting me anywhere and then I read this quote in a caption under a picture of Sir Karl Popper ["inventor of sex enhancer" joke goes here] where he says something about life being a process of problem-solving and that reminded me of something else he said, about how we learn through our mistakes and all that tipped me over the edge into the abyss of Trying Something New:
Rephrase whine as concrete problem –> identify possible solution –> implement possible solution –> record level of success, failure –> record whether this solves the whine, or whether further problems or better solutions must be solved/implemented.
- Are you actually interested in this, or just bored? I notice traffic is down, fewer kids reading Metamorphosism at school, I guess, or more office clerks on vacation…
For example: Problem: I’m boring in person. Possible solution: stop talking about myself all the time. Result: too hard to implement, try something else, like a facial tattoo.
Or: Dissatisfaction with appearance. Possible solution: Lose weight. Which leads to another problem: How to lose weight. Possible solution: eat less and exercise more. Result: down four kilos so far, yay.
Or: Lousy conversationalist. Possible solution: incite convesation partners to talk about themselves. Result: works like a charm so far.