The price of gas has risen to almost $4.00 a gallon in the past few weeks in Arizona. I've noticed that when gas prices increase, gas becomes the number one topic to gripe and complain about.
It's easier to blame, complain and make excuses than it is to change.
We complain because we are stuck in bad habits that are hard to break. We complain because we don't want to take 100% responsibility for our choices. We complain because finding fault is easy.
We complain because we forget how blessed we are.
Complaining destroys hope and creativity. Complaining depletes your energy and the energy of the people you're complaining too.
If you want to change your energy and become a pleasant person stop complaining. Don't give up your peace of mind over the price of gas.
I have created a ritual when I purchase my gas. I mentally create a gratitude list. I am thankful for my gas and for the capability to get out of my car and pump it. I bless my car and feel appreciation for all of the trips that I have taken. I become grateful for the gas itself for being in such abundance. I pay for the gas and cheerfully greet and thank the attendant.
Prosperity is a state of mind. It is an altitude to practice. There was a time in my life when I didn't have a reliable car and didn't have the resources to travel as freely as I do today. When my daughter Niki was four years old, she asked me why I didn't wash the brown spots off my car. She didn't understand you can't wash off rust.
Gas is a luxury we take for granted. When you are willing to practice gratitude it becomes second nature. You do it without even thinking about it. Your thoughts and actions reflect your appreciation.
We choose how gas effects our mood. We choose how to use gas. We choose how much gas to purchase.
The following are tips on how you can save money and cut back on your consumption of gas.
Drive a fuel efficient car.
Become a one car family.
Ride your bike more often.
Make sure your tires are inflated.
Don't drive aggressively accelerating and braking suddenly.
Slow down, the faster you drive the more gas you use.
Carry less weight in your back seat and trunk.
Use your cruise control to keep your speed consistent.
Use the grade of oil the manufacture recommends for your car.
Car pool and combine your trips when you run errands.
Get your engine tuned up regularly.
Three questions to ask yourself before you complain about anything:
What do I want?
When do I want it?
What am I willing to do to get it?
Choose to stop complaining. Focus on what you can do to change your situation. Appreciate what you do have and move forward toward what you want.
Please share your thoughts on complaining and gas prices below.