Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sunday Scribblings

“If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou



A few weeks ago I read an article in the newspaper about a church in Kansas that decided together to stop complaining. With the assumption that it takes 21 days to change a habit, they agreed to wear “complaining” bracelets for 21 days. If they complained the bracelet was moved to the other arm and the 21 day count started over.

Two weeks ago my husband, oldest daughter and I decided to try this for ourselves. My daughter made friendship bracelets for all of us. As of today I’ll get to take mine off on January 6, if I don’t have to move it again. This has made us all aware of how prone we are to complain and grumble and gripe about things. We’ve all had to move the bracelets to the other arm but we’ve also had times where we stopped ourselves before complaining.

I can’t say I’ve broken the complaining habit yet but I do seem to have a more positive outlook on things and I can honestly say I’ve tried to cut out the complaining and grumbling. I intend to keep this up even after I’ve made the 21 days and get to take off the bracelet.

Anyone want to join us? We want a complaint free world and are trying to start with a complaint free house. We may never totally purge ourselves of complaining and grumbling, but the effort does pay off, bringing all of us a little peace.

Feel free to leave a comment if you decide to join!

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6 comments:

khambagirl said...

What a great idea! Good luck with your "Epiphany" goal!

Becca said...

This is a super idea, and great way to effect a positive change!
Great post!

Crafty Green Poet said...

This is a great idea! I could do with complaining less.

NuttersNotes said...

What an outstanding thought....and to have the whole family on board. TREEEEEEEMENDOUS!!!! There is nothing like that old string tied around the finger, is there? Those old folks had some wisdom....of course, we need to be a bit more fashionable with our bracelets! LOL Good for you...

Autrice DelDrago said...

Wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it!

megan said...

Thanks for the very practical idea. I've been focusing on having a less critical mindset...towards myself as well as the rest of the planet. This will help.