21-day no complaints challenge

March 1, 2010 at 11:09 am 2 comments

So I have been reading about an idea that seems tailor-made for me.  It’s the 21-day-no-complaints challenge.  I guess my problem with complaining started with my move to Colorado.  I was a new mom and the move has been hard.  I have sunk into a tendency to complain to relieve some of the pressure that I find I am feeling from being dissatisfied with my life here in the Mountains.  I am not a nature girl.  I am not a mountain-woman.  I don’t even like squirrels that much. 

So I complain.  I complain about my husband, I complain about never getting to take a shower.  I complain about not being inspired.  I complain about not getting to move home fast enough.  I complain about my slow weight-loss and I complain about not getting enough excersize because of the weather.

But you know what I don’t do much of?  Anything to change these circumstances.  I spend a lot of time wanting things to be a lot different but pretty much no time doing anything that might change any of these circumstances.

I am hoping to change this, this month.  And what better time than Lent? 

I am today choosing to view this through new eyes, to see this as an opportunity to grow.  I think it will be very challenging but utterly rewarding if I make any strides in the directions of the things I want for myself.

So instead of complaing I will be choosing actions that work toward the things I am disastisfied with.  I don’t want to simply squash my feelings because complaining is ugly, I want to work with the feelings that I am having, recognize them in a healthy way, work through them to get the other side, a side of things where I have used my feelings in a productive way to improve my life and myself.

I will be wearing a bracelet that I will switch from one wrist to the other any time I notice that I have complained or anyone else notices.

This is where I am asking for accountability.  Anyone is invited to alert me of complaining.

I am guessing that this could be particularily difficult with my close girlfriends on the phone.  My solution is to ask that you help me brainstorm the root of the complaints and come up with solutions.  I really want to change from a passive disgruntled complainer to an active satisfied changer-of-things-I-don’t-like!

Thanks to all and if any of this sounds like you then feel free to join me!

~Ruby

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  • 1. Emerald  |  March 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Roob, I LOVE this this idea! L-O-V-E it! Can’t wait to talk about it with you more!

    Reply
  • 2. Ruby  |  March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Yeah, I figured you would like it. I think it will be hard for you, too, because you don’t like to take action either….we’ll talk!

    Reply

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