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The Super Bowl benefits of complaining (standard:humor, 916 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Mar 07 2010Views/Reads: 1937/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Normally, I am not one to complain about the weather. Okay. Maybe I complain a little about the weather. All right, have it your way, I complain a lot about the weather. Are you happy now?

The Super Bowl benefits of complaining By Rev. James L. Snyder 

Normally, I am not one to complain about the weather. Okay. Maybe I
complain a little about the weather. All right, have it your way, I 
complain a lot about the weather. Are you happy now? 

Actually, it is important for me to complain about the weather. It is
either that or politics, and you know what that does to my blood 
pressure. If I had my rathers, I would rather complain about politics. 
It is so much easier to do, and there is always something to complain 
about. After all, sometimes the weather is perfect. 

I have always felt that complaining about politics is part of a very
good health plan. First, it gets your blood boiling, which has the 
effect of cleansing your blood. You know what dirty blood can do for 
your health. Then, it clears your head of all the nonsense collecting 
up there for days or weeks on end. It is the only political health plan 
that actually works. 

There should be some kind of a plan, maybe a lottery system, to select
the politician of the day to complain about. With so many politicians, 
I am concerned I may forget to complain about some politician who 
actually needs to be complained about. Some congressional committee 
needs to be put together so that they can select the politician of the 
day to grumble. After all, I do not want to miss an opportunity to make 
a complaint about some politician. 

Complaining about politics has another beneficial effect. It keeps you
from complaining about your spouse. After all, when you have said 
everything you have to say about politics and politicians there is not 
much left over to shoot at your spouse. I am still waiting for my wife 
to thank me for this one. 

There are those who feel you should not complain at all about anything.
I think the British say, "Just keep a stiff upper lip." But, 
thankfully, I am not British. And if I was, I do not think it would be 
something for me to complain about when there is so much good 
complaining material with our politics these days. 

Another thing about complaining people often overlook, particularly when
you are complaining about the weather. No matter who you are around, 
you can always say something about the weather. "How about this weather 
we're having?" And that breaks the ice and a very delightful 
conversation can begin. Without complaining about the weather, people 
stand around staring into the air thinking the other person is stuck 

If it is raining, we can whine and say, "When is this rain ever going to
stop?" And those around you will give an affirming nod and then opine 
on the subject at hand. 

Then, if it has not rained for a few days, we can always grumble and
say, "We sure do need some rain around here, don't we?" Then the 
vigorous affirmative nods will begin and the conversation will center 
on the weather. 

My grandfather once told me that when you are in public you should never
talk about religion or politics. These are the two areas that can get 
you into trouble, and yet these are the two areas that we cannot help 
talking about. 

This is where complaining about the weather tops everything. You can be
a Republican or a Democrat and agree on complaining about the weather. 
You can be a Christian or an atheist and agree that the weather outside 
is lousy. Of course, this latter one is a little slippery, because the 
Christian might inadvertently say, "I pray God will help us with the 
weather." Then the atheist is mad because... well... he does not have 
anybody to pray to. 

Of course there are those who believe complaining about sports is in the
same league as complaining about the weather. Nothing could be further 
from the truth. Not everybody is affected by sports. Not everybody 
watches the football game or the Super Bowl. Not everybody watched the 
Winter Olympics but everybody gets wet when it rains. 

I have also found this to be helpful when I come home from a long day
away from the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Invariably, she will 
ask me about my day and who I met throughout the day. Then she will 
say, "What did you talk about?" Then I can smile broadly and say, "We 
complained about the weather." And that usually settles the whole 

There is no more level playing ground than grumbling about the weather.
Both rich and poor can do it. Both celebrity and average person can do 
it. Male and female are on equal footing when it comes to grumbling 
about the weather. Complaining about the weather is the great 

One equalizer stands out among all others regardless. I am referring to
Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote this, "For ye are all the children 
of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor 
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor 
female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28 KJV). 

Someone once said, at the foot of the cross the ground is level.
Meaning, anyone and everyone can come to Jesus Christ and no one has 
more of an advantage than everyone else does. 


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