Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Can You Give Up Complaining?

I was reading Clementine Daily last Friday when I came across their No Complaints challenge.  For one week, they are throwing all complaints out the door. That includes complaints about the weather, traffic, work, having to do dishes, etc.

I must have been feeling quite zen that day because I decided I was up for it…and that I needed it mentally. I welcome any chance to clear out the negativity cobwebs hiding in the dark corners of my life. I also decided not to go it alone. I needed someone to hold me accountable. Ash was the natural choice because he’s with me more than anyone else. To add some more incentive, we decided to impose a complaint tax. Every time we complain, we have to drop a dollar into our loose change jar.

Day one of the challenge was yesterday. I owed the jar two dollars before I got dressed. It was freezing in our bedroom and I complained about it. Then, I came down on myself for pressing snooze that last time and making myself late. Boom. Two dollars out the door. I finished getting ready for work and thought about how hard it would be to get through the challenge. In that moment, I realized I do that kind of complaining every morning.  Yet, I don’t vary my routine. That incentivized me to start working on my morning routine so I don’t set myself up for a complaint-filled morning.

By the end of the day, I’d complained about how cold it was in my office, aches and pains from an old injury, and the unrealistic writing on what used to be a favorite TV show.  Ash was in the same boat. We agreed to start over today.

This morning, I was more careful. I tried focusing on what I was happy about and made a mental gratitude list instead.  By the time I got in the shower, I’d thanked God for so many things I didn’t have time to think about anything else. I did find myself frowning at some misogynistic song lyrics in the car but instead of dwelling on it, I just changed the station. Simple fix.  I’m hoping by the end of the challenge, I’ve altered my mindset a bit. Ultimately, it will be a good thing. If all I do is dwell on complaints, all I will attract into my life is more things to complain about. Who wants that?

Is complaining one of your vices? Wanna join the challenge? If you do, and write about it in social media, be sure to include #ClementineChallenge. Gotta give credit where its due. Happy Tuesday! 

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