Method: With every complaint or words spoken with a spirit of complaint, the purple band on my wrist must be switched to the other wrist and I must start over again.
Goal: To string together 5 days of no complaining within the next 40 days.
Thoughts: Dear people, if you’ve never tried this, don’t even laugh at how “easy” 5 days is or think that you really don’t complain much. I dare you to join me even for a few days! (Gotta use the band though.) 🙂
7:48 am–So far so good. If I can make it 42 more minutes without switching the band on my wrist, I will have made it farther than last time (Scroll down after clicking: 40 Days of No Complaining.)
8:45 am–Made it longer than last time. Granted I’ve only spoken about 5 sentences this morning. I’m off to some training here in about 10 minutes so we’ll see how it goes when I actually have to be around others. 🙂
2:45 pm — I’ve had about 6 switching of wrists so far. One of them I was stating my opinion that the kitchen here is too expensive to check out. I wrestled whether this was a complaint or not and decided it was. I was not asked my opinion and it was not a necessary comment to the discussion. :/
8:24 pm–This evening I was so busy I am not sure if I complained or not. That’s Ok.
Lesson Learned: First I need to have a stronger desire to make this work. I need greater intentionality and not just “Ok, I’ll flip the band.” But I did stop myself several times from complaining so there are at least 3 fewer complaints in the air. 🙂