Tuesday, April 22, 2008

No Complaints!

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."-Maya Angelou
I was so excited today to get my mail! I have been waiting for weeks to get this purple bracelet in the mail. It's my Complaint-Free-World Bracelet. I first heard about this on the Today show. I guess others have heard about it on Oprah as well.
There is a Pastor (Will Bowen) of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, Missouri who challanged his congregation to make the world a complaint free place.
To prove he was serious, he passed out purple bracelets to each church member and offered them a challenge. You are supposed to wear the Bracelet and then each time you complain, you have to move the bracelet to the other wrist. The goal is to go 21 days without complaining. Scientist believe that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.

This thing has gotten so big that bracelets are now being mailed all across the world. There is a book that goes along with it. I don't think I'm going to order it. But it goes into more detail on what Complaining, or Gossiping is. I ordered my bracelet from their website. You can get 2 for free but you need to pay the shipping of seventy five cents. I gave one of mine away to a co-worker who I spend a great deal of time with. She brought it back to me after about 20 minutes due to "Too much pressure" However, another Co-worker came to my desk all excited at the prospect of trying this. I have had to move mine once already. Each time you move it, you have to start your countdown all over again. I wonder how long it will take me to get to 21 days of being complaint free? I WILL do this, just you wait and see. I think this would be a fun thing to do even without the plastic bracelet. You could tie a piece of purple yarn around your wrist. I'm not about the whole New age thing where we give out positive or negative energy. But I know that I complain alot. About stupid things. I don't want to be remembered for that. So here goes. Anyhone want to join me?
Here is the little blurb that came with my bracelet in case you want to try:

1) Begin to wear the bracelet now, on either wrist.
2) When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing (it's ok, everyone does) move the bracelet to the other arm and begin again.
3)If you hear someone else who is wearing a bracelet complain, you may point out their need to switch the bracelelt to the other arm; BUT if you're going to do this, you must move your bracelet first!
4)Stay with it. It may take many months but when you reach 21 days, visit their website and click on "I made it" to print out a "Certificate of Happiness"
(LOL That's funny right there)

Ghandi said,"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Phil 2:14 - Do everything without complaining... (So says Paul)


Dawn said...

I heard about this around Christmas time and tried it with a gold bracelet. I didn't last very long. I would like to try this again- it's a worthy goal. Good for you for trying this.

Delena said...

That's stupid. :) Just kidding. I love the idea! That could be a tough challenge, but I just might be in.

Ryan Willson said...

Mahatma Gandhi also said,
“If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”