I made a choice.
For one week, I decided to not complain.
It was not the easiest thing I have ever done.
I made very specific rules for me based on the kinds of complaining I do often.
If someone asked me to do something and I didn't want to, I could not say "UGH"
I would say "Thank-you" instead.
If I was upset with something, I could play it over and complain about it in my head.
I needed to try and find something positive about the situation.
I could not make negative assumptions about other people.
For instance, I was driving and parked too far out in an intersection. A lady was turning and I was in her way. She didn't look too pleased with me. I started thinking "Oh man, she is just not happy with me" As I was trying to think about how to change it around I said to myself "Maybe she just does not have a normally happy face"
I didn't want to complain for the sake of having something to say.
I didn't want to complain about life, family, whatever it be.
I wanted to LEARN.
I wanted to challenge myself.
I knew that the week would not be easy.
I knew I would be challenged.
I am so grateful I did this challenge!
I found out a few things about myself during that week.
When I complain, sometimes I make judgments.
When I complain, I become miserable.
When I complain, my family is grumpier.
I want to have a happier home.
I know I have influence on people.
I can be positive and happy.
I am can be happy in un-happy situations.
I am not going to complain for the rest of the year.
Feel free to join me!