DAY 14. That’s 14 consecutive days without complaining and I’m discovering that, sometimes, you just have to get “busy.”
By that I mean, when people around you start to complain and you sense them expecting you to join in on their bitch session, glance at your watch, or phone, or a clock on the wall and exclaim, “Wow, look at the time!” Then, walk briskly and purposefully away. They will think you are busy when in reality, you’ve just created the misdirection of a great magician who then exists the stage unscathed by the toxicity of group complaining.
There’s an old saying, “If you hang around a barber shop long enough, you’re going to get a haircut. Well, if you hang around people griping long enough, ultimately, you will join in. If complaining starts, point at the clock, say, “Wow, look at the time” and then, just like at the movies, walk quickly and safely to the nearest exit.