If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. (Maya Angelou)
Could you go 21 days without complaining? My pastor challenged us to do just that last Sunday in church. She even gave us bracelets to remind ourselves (if we decided to take the challenge). Each time we complain, we’re supposed to switch the bracelet from one arm to the other. I haven’t had to move mine yet. Because I am awesome. It helps that only “spoken” complaints count and that, as Tammy has gone back to work today, I have no one to talk to all day except the kids who really don’t give a crap about my issues so I learned long ago not to trouble them with my business.
I don’t think I’m much of a complainer — out loud anyway. I do complain a lot in my head though, and here on the blog — which is a big part of why I quit blogging for awhile. I got tired of listening to myself. So, I guess the challenge for me is as much, if not more, internal than external. But the bracelet reminds me either way.
Of course it’s kind of tricky — how to be complaint free without being totally disengaged from the things that aren’t perfect? For example, today the case against Prop 8 started in Federal Court — I didn’t pay much attention, though I have many friends who are deeply involved in the movement for marriage equality. I just know the road that takes me down and I’m not sure I want to go there. I feel bad, because it is important and a couple of my dearest friends are engaged and would like to be married in their home state (I think, but Iowa is lovely in June I hear). I don’t know, I haven’t figured out how to “go there” without getting all grumpy…something to work on.
Thankfully the NutriSystem stuff has improved — after the Turkey Tertravomit incident I was pretty worried I wouldn’t be able to stick with it, but then the skies parted and the angels of mercy sang over this:
The Blueberry-Lemon Desert Bar. Oh. My. God. So good.
And the rest of the food has been pretty good too, I won’t post pictures of all the stuff that I love, because that would take up too much space — but suffice it to say I’m obsessing over NutriSystem food much like I used to over regular food. So not much has changed, except the numbers on the scale — down 3.5 pounds (first person to suggest it’s water is gonna get punched.)
I’m kind of in a happy little bubble right now and am just trying to enjoy it, while figuring out how to maintain that and be involved and engaged in the things that are important to me.
oh, by the way — the website for the no complaining thing is here 😀