Griping Before Gratitude = CRANKYTUDE!

Every single time Miss Crankypants has to explain her philosophy, she gets a little bit crankier. And why not? Doesn’t EVERYBODY know you can’t be truly grateful unless you’ve vented your spleen? Think about it.
God wants us to be thankful and Miss CP gets that. It’s just that SOME people have a teensy bit more to be thankful for.
Take Rachel and Leah from you know, the Bible. Who doesn’t think poor Leah got the short end of the stick? She had to play second banana, er wife. And what about Jacob and Esau? Was it Esau’s FAULT he was hairy? Why did God bestow the favor on Jacob, anyway? After all, he was the scammer. And then he gets the girl. Both of them. No justice.
Miss Crank thinks both of the losers had to gripe, whine, moan and kvetch before they could even think about talking to God. Or being grateful ever again.
You’re already feeling grateful as all get out that you’re not hairy like Esau. Or as plain as Leah. Miss CP has this all figured out.
Next time you feel uber-guilty for your ingratitude, complain long and loud about how life is so not fair! Then do as Miss Cranky’s mom once did and remember all the children starving in China! See how thankful you’ve suddenly become?
You’re welcome.
The Crankypants Rule: Griping Before Gratitude equals CRANKYTUDE!

About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

2 comments on “Griping Before Gratitude = CRANKYTUDE!

  1. Er, uh, yes. I think I understand. For sure there are injustices in life, like excessive hairiness or being hard on the eyes. (Great examples, BTW) Thing is, I thought it was Miss Crankypants’ job to gripe so we don’t have to. Now I’m a little confused. Are you saying we should all complain? And then we will be more grateful? (Going off on a bunny trail: We didn’t know about starving children in China, but my father was a huge supporter of The Clean Plate Club. Apparently, he instilled dedication to this illustrious organization a bit too well. Cleaning my plate is NO PROBLEM. And that’s the problem….)

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