And on the seventh day, he rested and declared, “Thou shalt not whine.” Just kidding! But that sentiment is apparently something that Pope Francis has seriously taken to heart.
Reuters tweeted a photo of Pope Francis' door, on which hangs a sign that reads “No whining” in Italian. It was apparently a gift from psychotherapist Salvo Noé, Travel and Leisure reports, and the reason behind it is simple.
In smaller print, it reads, “violators are subject to a syndrome of always feeling like a victim and the consequent reduction of your sense of humor and capacity to solve problems.” It continues, “the penalty is doubled if the violation takes place in the presence of children,” before ending on a positive note: “To get the best out of yourself, concentrate on your potential and not on your limitations,” the sign reads, telling readers to “take steps to improve [their] life.”
In an article for the Huffington Post, Dr. Walter E. Jacobson wrote, "Negative thinking is our enemy. It dampens our enthusiasm and motivation. It contributes to indecision, inertia, procrastination and outright derailment of our goal-directed actions. It defeats us. It beats us. It creates the 'bad luck' that we will later bemoan."
So perhaps this is a good motto for all of us to hang on our doors, not just the Pope. Pope Francis did compare the faces of sad Christians to "pickled peppers" in 2013. That said, he followed that remark with an uplifting one, saying, “If we keep this joy to ourselves it will make us sick in the end, our hearts will grow old and wrinkled and our faces will no longer transmit that great joy, only nostalgia and melancholy, which is not healthy.”
Well said, Pope Francis. So let's take a page (or a sign) from the Pope's book (or door) and try to be more positive.
h/t Travel + Leisure