Who among us hasn't carved moments out of our lives to moan . . . and . . . groan. "If that kid of mine doesn't clean her room, I'm going to bust a gut!" "Can you believe the prices on this menu?" "What in heaven's name do I need to do to lose some weight?" Complaining seems to be part of the human condition, what happens between inhaling and exhaling.
The challenge, perhaps, is to try to separate the wheat from the chaff, to draw a line between life's trivial annoyances and things that matter, things that are really worth complaining and doing something about. The poet Maya Angelou said, "What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain." Complaining, it seems, comes down to perspective, which is what we hear from Gale Eaton.
Before her retirement, Wakefield, Rhode Island resident Gale Eaton taught at and directed the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island.