"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."
I have been guilty of saying this to my own children. It's so useful and true. If all that is coming out of your mouth is complaints and meanness, maybe try a turn at being silent. I know for sure, your silence would go a long way to making me feel better!
Lately it has struck me that I should not just dole out that advice, but I should take it too. If I can't say something nice, I should zip my lips.
Some days, that is shockingly hard and the zipper to my mouth doesn't work and before I know it, I've spent a huge portion of my lunch hour complaining and fussing. I do believe that sometimes you've just got to let off steam and let your complaints raise the rafters, but I realized upon closer introspection, that I was letting off steam all the time.
How rude of me! Especially if I complain about people who are spending all their time complaining! Pot and Kettle, I believe you two know each other.
I think I've fixed my zipper and have been trying so much harder to live by the advice I gave my kids. If I can't say anything nice, hmmph muhmp mmhph.
See? My lip zipper is working.