“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
Vince Lombardi said that. And I think we could also say “Fatigue makes whiners of us all.”
And oh, how we love whining.
A friend of mine is a 23-year veteran high school teacher who has heard his share of whining. He says teenagers tend to whine when they’re tired, bored, lazy, not being stretched, or just trying to get attention. He keeps a sign in his classroom that says “Kwitcher bellyachin’” but most of the time he has to combat whining by cutting it off.
“Do you want some cheese to go with that whine?” he says when the whining starts. But if it continues, his students get a more curt response: “If your situation is so bad, do something about it, and stop your whining!”
He said once kids become aware that they are whining they usually knock it off.
I believe it works the same way for adults. Once we are aware of what we’re doing, and how unappealing it is, maybe we’ll knock it off.
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