I've been interested in writing a post about not complaining for a while now. It seems that complaining has become a way of life for a lot of people. I remember years ago, a friend of mine wrote a Facebook post to complain about how much people were complaining - oy vey!
When you watch TV or listen to conversations, children are complaining, everyone is (claiming to be) stressed out, nobody wants to do whatever it is that they're doing, but they do it anyway and murmur the whole time. It's intense to see.
I have another friend who has a job that she constantly complains about, but she complained constantly about NOT having a job. People without money complain about that. People with money find something to complain about. Fat people complain about thing people. Thin people complain about fat people. Commuters complain about the car, the walk, the bus, the bike AND the subway.
People with jobs complaining about being sheep. People that are entrepreneurs complain about the hard work of working for themselves (guilty!).
I say we do away with all the complaining.
I've heard it said that the more you complain, the more you'll have to complain about; however, the more you're thankful, the more you'll have to be thankful for. So, I present to you the 21-day No Complaining Challenge.
Can you find it within yourself to replace your negative thoughts/words with positive ones? I'm sure that for some people it would be much harder than for others, but I don't think it's impossible for ANYONE!
Whenever you're feeling the itch to complain about something, focus on the solution:
Instead of saying "I'm hungry" (which is a complaint, by the way), just go get something to eat and give thanks for being able to do so.
If you're cold, grab your jacket and be thankful for it instead of complaining about it.
If you hate your job, be thankful for having one while you work on your exit strategy.
The list goes on and on, but I think you get the point. As Joel Osteen reminded us yesterday, Be Positive or Be Quiet.
So, I'd like to challenge you to make your entire life a Complaint-Free Zone for 21 days. This means you don't complain and you don't listen to the complaints of others. You focus on being thankful, positive and finding solutions.
If you'd like more information on how to do so, take a look at ComplaintFreeWorld.org or do a Google search for "21-days no complaining" and read some of the information that comes up.
I believe it'll change your life. Are you ready?