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No Complaint

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!   
 
 
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I'm linking up with Cate at Six Word Saturday...  join us there!

29 comments:

  1. But...but...I like to snark! And my knees are killing me.
    In all seriousness, I think it's a good idea to try and focus on positive things in our life, at least once a week. But I doubt I'll ever be one of those all sunshine and light people.

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    1. Sunshine and bright is not my nature either, Aurora, in reality I am far more serious and quiet, and a bit on the dark side. I will never be a bubbly, energetic person, but I want to become one who focuses more on the positive and less on the negative, I've done it before and it feels good! It's also much healthier both physically and emotionally. I'm going to give it my best try. I think I can.. I think I can... :-)

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  2. I have tried this....not complaining. It generally works, until the alarm goes off and I wake up. LOL

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    1. Haha Lynn, I often have a similar problem with my day, I start out with a smile, a prayer, and the best of intentions, and it goes rapidly downhill from there. I'm not promising to be chipper and cheerful, I am promising to try harder not to give expression to negative thoughts, not to allow them that much power in my life!

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  3. I can pull this off when I'm sleeping. Bwahahahahahahaha. I'm guessing that doesn't count.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. In a way I think it does, Sandee, if we go to bed in a dark mood you can almost be assured of unhappy dreams and restless sleep. As for daytime, see my comment to Lynn above! :-)

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  4. What a great idea! Could I do it? I'm not so sure... ☺

    I'm glad you're doing the A to Z. You have a wonderful theme!

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    1. I don't know if I can do it, Dana, but I won't know unless I TRY. I also believe that if you fail at something you try, it's not a good reason to quit trying... "always begin again"! I think it will be a fun theme for the A-Z Challenge. About Z... hmmmm, can I find a reason to be thankful for zippers? I bet I can! :-))

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  5. I would complain about not complaining.

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    1. LOL, you have a point Joe, if I grumble about having to be careful not to complain, is that still complaining? What if it is a statement of fact? Still complaining? Geesh, this might be hard work! :-)

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  6. Nice 6WS grouping, Josie ~~ Thank you.

    Basically I am a happy smiley guy. I do believe there are several, sometimes many, days when I do not complain of anything. It just doesn't help the situation much unless some action is taken as well.
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    1. I was honest with the above. Boasting really isn't one of my vices either. :) XD
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    2. I believe you Jim, because I read your posts, and I have known people like you, who handle life on a pretty-much even keel and don't waste a lot of time in frustration and complaint. They are pleasant people to be around!

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    3. I didn't take your comment as boastful Jim, you weren't claiming to be superior to anyone, just noting that you have a positive outlook on life. I wish that could be bottled and sold! :-)

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  7. And HAPPY EASTER, JOSIE AND BEAR!!!

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    1. Thank you for your nice words. You seem to always have those.
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    2. Thanks Jim, that's one way I do try to be positive, I try to always find something good to say on my blog and others, we all enjoy reasons to smile! Happy Easter to you and Mrs. Jim too!

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  8. Your post is timely! I JUST finished a post that was quite lengthy, and began to sound ...whiny? I am not typically whiny, so I have saved it as a draft for now.

    This time last year I was doing my first A-Z. I just don't have it in me to do it this time. I will probably just troll through some of the entries and enjoy everyone's varied approaches to it.

    Happy Easter, dear friend.

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    1. Hi Carrie! Good to see you out and about, coming up for a breath of air! When I look over my posting, there is often a bit of whining going on, I'm a good whiner! :-) Yet I have so VERY MUCH to be thankful for, and I know that chronic negativity feeds on itself and makes for a miserable person to be around. Who needs it? So I'm going to make a concerted effort, and working on it in public holds me more accountable. I do not promise to refrain from morbid stories though, fiction is just for fun. :-)

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  9. Josie,
    Thank you so much for the shout out and I am so glad that you are inspired by my lists! It is nice to hear that you can relate to some of them as well!

    Happy Easter to you and Papa Bear!

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    1. Thank YOU, Lena, for inspiring me to work on dispelling the negativity in my life. I know how contagious it is, and I know that how we look at things affects much more than our attitude. Your lists are awesome, they always make me smile!:-)

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  10. I have faith, Josie. Sure you can do it!
    Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you Restless Jo! That was just the boost of confidence I needed! :-) Happy Easter to you too!

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  11. Well, I try to not complain, because it doesn't do any good, and it only upsets people, making things worse. I know I am a work in progress. It is a good goal.

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    1. You truly are not a complainer, McGuffy Ann, if I had to deal with some of the life issues you do, I'd be a whiner for sure! We are all works in progress, some days we are closer to the people we want to be, and other days are more of a struggle, that's what makes us human, but head and heart in the right place helps. I'm being more watchful of myself today than usual, and have caught myself in a couple near-slip ups! It is a good goal, I will like myself more if I am more of what I believe is important!

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  12. It seems to me like it's worth a try. Thanks for planting this seed in my consciousness.

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    1. It is indeed worth a try... in fact I actually succeed to get thru 24 hours without uttering a complaint, and it continues. It is the keeping the desire to break that habit a conscious thought that makes it work... every time I felt like grumbling, I caught myself and refocused. I know it will not be a perfect endeavor, I am not perfect - in fact far from it - but I do know that I can do so much better, and already I feel better for having set the plan in action!

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  13. I know it is so much better to be content and thankful! I catch myself complaining...and I try not to do it too often, but it does happen. I wish I could say I never complain, but as I said...it does happen. BUT I find that The Holy Spirit convicts me and then I confess my sin and move on. (:>) I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit, who lives inside my heart...otherwise I would always fail!

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)