Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Complaint Free World

Our church is doing something for Lent (the 40 days before Easter) that is rather unique. Everyone is wearing a “Complaint Free World” bracelet ( The idea is that we all do way too much complaining and what our minds are filled with becomes our reality. So whenever you complain you must switch your bracelet from one wrist to the other. The goal being to go a day – or several days – without switching wrists and thus having a happier life (or at least those around you will). We started it just a few days ago and it is already the talk of the congregation. We are catching ourselves in our complaints (or criticisms or gossip) and stopping immediately or, at the very least, become aware of what we are doing.

I am rather enjoying the exercise. Being more conscious of what comes out of one’s mouth is probably a very good thing. One of the analogies used in Sundays sermon suggested that complaining is like bad breath. It is more than obvious when it comes out of someone else’s mouth but we are pretty much unaware when it comes out of our own… but ought to be.

Today – find a wrist-sized rubber band. Use it as a “Complaint Free” bracelet for a few days. See how often you have to switch from one wrist to the other. Make it a goal to not have to switch it at all.
THEN - Become proactive and contribute even more to creating a Complaint Free World by sending a link to my blog to people you know.

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