Week 13 – Complaints, Complaints – A Little Word Fun for the Holidays

I was doing one of our Haanel exercises yesterday when an interesting thought crossed my mind.  And I decided to run with it.  I involved taking some everyday words, dissecting them in my mind and converting them from negative words into positive words.

One word that I ended up focusing on was COMPLAIN.  The dictionary defines complain as follows:

  1. express unhappiness
  2. Describe symptoms
  3. Protest

Synonyms of complain are:

Protest, criticize, grumble, whine, carp, nitpick, nag, moan, murmur, object, knock, find fault.

People complain all the time.  They complain about their job, their finances (or lack of them), their friends, their families, the high price of gas and food, the weather, the way the country is run, and, as Yul Brynner so eloquently put it in The King and I – “etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.”  In short, people complain about EVERYTHING.  All in all, complain is not a positive word.

I decided to change that by playing around with the word to make it a positive word.  How, you ask?  Well, I saw the word floating in my mind and imagined the word “exploding” into the composite letters that make it up.  I then parsed the word several ways and finally came up with an answer I liked.

I split the word into two words that, when put together, sounded quite the same, but had a completely different meaning.  Let me show you.

First, complain became “Come” and “Plain”.  “Come plain” was much more positive in that form than the single word.  It connoted, to me at least, as if one was beckoning another to be yourself, not to hide behind a mask or façade.  Be yourself.

That was nice, but I decided to go even further.  I finally came up with the combination – “Comp Lane”.  It brought me back to the department store “Complaint Departments”.  I could see it vividly.  Some fuss-budget whiner comes to the window and starts complaining that she was overcharged on an item and it didn’t fit right.  The clerk says “I’m sorry, but this is not where you complain, this is the Comp Lane.  Free bonus coupons are distributed here just for visiting us – compliments of the store.  The complaint department is down the hall and to your left.  And please don’t forget to wash your hands when you’ve finished.”

I suggest that you try this game if you have some time and turn your negative words into positive ones.  Keep doing this and you will get several side benefits also – you will utilize the Law of Substitution and the Law of Practice, thus building up the ability to call on them anytime, but you will start building a completely new vocabulary that has a beautiful shield against negativity.

Until next time, be happy, be healthy and “Be Lieve”.  Have the best of Holidays

Richard Barton says December 31, 2015

I left you a comment on the other site. I also updated my blog roll to point here. Keep up the good work.

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Thank you, Richard. Still trying to figure out the two sites while under construction, but getting there.

Virginia Perl says December 29, 2015

I loved this post, Ken. It’s all in how we look at things!

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Thanks so much, Virginia. My viewpoints are changing constantly and more rapidly now.

LisAnne Becotte says December 28, 2015

When we complain; we are Invite more negativity into our lives
INSTEAD we need to Appreciate what we do have!

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Our daily gratitude cards will train the subconscious mind to appreciated and, in turn, send out what we wish to receive. Thanks for the comment, LisAnne.

Norma Smith says December 28, 2015

Changing our perspective on things we take for granted. By changing our perspective we can turn the negative into the positive. A perfect example in the use of one word.

    LisAnne Becotte says December 28, 2015

    Perspective is always super important ;)*

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Thanks, Norma. Tricking subby into making everything positive is a goal I am pursuing constantly.

Dre says December 27, 2015

Excellent mind game Ken, thank you!!

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    More to come, Dre. I hope I could make your day a little brighter.

Nisa King says December 26, 2015

Hi Ken, you are brilliant! I enjoy reading and learning new positive words.

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Thanks, Nisa – and thanks to the Universal Mind to make it worthwhile.

dominica8 says December 24, 2015

oh!! brilliant! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    “Brilliant” only with the major assistance of the Universal Mind. Thanks for the kind comment.

Dave Bernstrom says December 24, 2015

Love it Ken….”Comp Lane”, great “word work” Enjoyed reading your blog 🙂 Have a great week!

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    Thank you, Dave. We can turn any negative into a positive. The Law of Substitution strikes again.

Jean says December 22, 2015

What a fun idea. Welcome to your new blog home. Looks marvelous!

    Ken Petersen says January 1, 2016

    I appreciate your thoughts. The “marvelous” nature of the site is due to Marea and Izanna, (our TKB professionals).

Ramses Torres says December 22, 2015

Wow Ken. What a fantastic concept! If were building a new mind why not a new vocabulary. Awesome!

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