I need to further distinguish between criticism and complaining. If I comment that the leather fringed vest, bolo tie, and cowboy hat are a tad ugly, is that a criticism or a complaint. I think it is a criticism.....a complaint would be to say, "That guy in the ugly cowboy get up needs to walk faster to I can get away from him as quickly as possible." In that statement I am complaining about him not walking fast enough while also criticizing his fashion statement. I suppose I could stop complaining AND criticizing but geez, that seems to set a pretty high standard.
I am going to continue on my attempt to not complain although I can tell I am not approaching it in fully motivated fashion. I am feeling overwhelmed but will give it a try. Stay tuned.