Thursday, April 24, 2008

No Complaining Here

I'm wearing a purple bracelet. I move it from one wrist to the other every time I complain, gossip, or use negative words. I have to go 21 days without switching it over to the other wrist. I started yesterday and I've already switched it probably about 50 or more times. Maybe less, but I really doubt it. It is suppose to take someone 21 days to form or break a new habit. Tomorrow I will start over at day 1 of my 21 toward my new habit.

It's called "A Complaint Free World." It started with a pastor challenging his congregation to not complain for 21 days. He is the only one that succeeded and it took him 3 or 4 months.
Here over the past few months I have really noticed my negativity toward everything and anything. It seemed that every time I opened my mouth, nothing good was coming out of it. I figure I would give this a shot. What can it hurt? It is definitely making me think before I start to speak. I actually turned around today when I realized the only reason I was going to talk to someone was to gossip. That is not who I want to be. Do I believe I will never complain again or whine? No. But if I make an effort to watch what comes out of my mouth, whether it be, "I wish I wasn't here, I just feel like crap today." Or. "Did you see what she did yesterday, I just can't believe it....!" I think it might make myself more aware of what is oozing out of my mouth.


bms said...

Way to go, Charlie! There are millions of us on this "positive" journey with you. And people are making the 21-day challenge. Check out all the winners posted on the web site now:

Daisy said...

I wish I'd thought of the rubber bracelet thing... I'd be a gazillionaire!

I think you're on a very noble quest, and if anyone can do it, you can! Learning about Buddhism has been kind of the same me. I don't get as angry in traffic, and I don't squish ants anymore. I hope your purple bracelet helps you find the peaceful, positive side of yourself that you're searching for!

bms said...

So there's no need for the ants to complain now that you're not squishing any more, Daisy :)

I'm a regular whiner who read the book and wear the bracelet. I agree Buddhist principles provide a wonderful foundation to be at peace with ants and fellow drivers. Take care!