Try One Day Of Not Complaining,
Watch How Your Life Starts Changing -
Develop An Attitude of Gratitude Instead!
Me, complain much? Why no, of course not, I never grumble or complain, or whine, or whimper, or glower, or bellow, or stomp my feet! Well, almost never. Ummm, ok, sometimes. Maybe a little more often than that. Ok, I admit it... "My name is Josie and I am a chronic complainer." There I said it, and I'm sure it comes as a great surprise to you, right? :-) Am I the only one at this CC Meeting???
Let's face it, it becomes an easy habit to find things wrong with your day, your life, and especially with others. What happens is that over time it leads to a general attitude of unhappiness and dissatisfaction, and results in failure to notice and appreciate all the good around you.
My friend Lena, at My Personal Lens has undertaken a thirty day challenge in which she writes every day on her blog about ten things that she appreciates... different things each day. She's already half-way thru the challenge and I've got to tell you that reading her lists each day is both uplifting and convicting! I encourage you to stop by her place and check it out!
I participated in the Thirty Days of Thankfulness on Facebook last November and I loved how it turned a usually snarky place into a much nicer, more positive environment for that month. I've also got to admit that some days I had to work a little to come up with something to be thankful for. Now if they would have asked for a complaint, that would have been so easy! See what I mean?
Lena is noticing and appreciating all the little things in her life each day that make it a good. When I read her list each day I can almost always find one or two that apply to my life as well, things that I am also thankful for. Would it be cheating to copy? In this case, probably not, because it is an affirmation that yes, I agree, that IS something I am thankful for too. At the end of a long, tiring, and often grumpy day, Lena's list is making me mindful of my blessings... and how often I complain. (My beloved Papa Bear, just might issue an amen on that last part! :-)
Next month, starting on Monday, folks in the blogsphere will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. I wasn't going to join in this year, having done it before and grown weary of it before the end of the month, but I've got a new idea... I think I'll use it to list something that starts with that letter that I am thankful for, and then I'm going to add a list other things about my day that I am thankful for. You are welcome to join me if it sounds like something you'd like to try. I'm also going to work a whole lot harder on stopping complaints before they leave my mouth. By that I don't mean bottling up dissatisfaction, I mean refocusing on things that are more positive, replacing it with a better thought.
Just for today, I pledge to go twenty-four hours without complaining, let's see if I can do it!
I'm linking up with Cate at Six Word Saturday... join us there!