For about a month now, I’ve been trying to live a complaint-free life. I got motivated to do this when I was going through my bookshelf for a good book to read. I ran across “A Complaint Free World,” by Will Bowen, a minister at the One Community Spiritual Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
I bought this book back in 2008, when I began to change my inner life and become happier and more optimistic. The book has been collecting dust ever since.
“Well,” I thought to myself as I blew the dust off the book cover, “I’m really not much of a complainer (yea, right), but what the heck – maybe I’ll take the 21-day challenge.” For 21 days, I can’t complain, criticize, or gossip. (On second though, what am I getting myself into?? I won’t be able to talk at all!)
Now who’s with me on this?
Here’s the drill:
(1) You order a purple bracelet from the complaint free world website (in 2008, those bracelets were free; now they cost $10 for a box – but I’m not complaining, mind you; just letting you know)
If you don’t want to pay the ten bucks, simply start the day by putting a rubber band on one of your wrists.
(2) When you catch yourself doing one of the bad things: complaining, criticizing, or gossiping, you switch that rubber band to your other wrist. Then start the process again. Believe you me, that first day you’ll be switching so much your head will spin!
(3) You keep doing this until you reach 21 consecutive days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping. According to Will Bowen, you’ve now developed a new habit – a habit of a complaint-free life.
Then, life will be hunky-dory for you. Things will be swell. You’ll find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Okay, that probably won’t happen.
However, according to Pastor Bowen, and the 21-Day champions who he writes about in his book, your life will be happier. You won’t spend time moaning about silly things that just aren’t all that important anyway! You will become more optimistic and enthusiastic about life. You’ll gain a sense of contentment.
So anyhow, I’m going to keep on working toward that 21 days of complaint-free living. I want to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be and if it’s not, I’m going to write Pastor Bowen and give him a piece of my mind. And I’m not going to pay for a $10 box of bracelets. No way. That’s just ridiculous. Oh my gosh, I’m complaining! Got to stop that, right now!
I’m never gonna make it 21 days.