It’s the day after the national day of thanks and gratitude aka Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be a good time to update you on how my no complaints challenge went. I accepted a challenge in which I could not complain about anything at all for 24 hours. How did it go? Overall it went pretty well. It was not easy however. When you’re focused on not complaining, you realize that small things that you might not otherwise consider complaints, actually are.
My 24 hour challenge started at 6:45 a.m. November 16th. I woke my daughter up at 7 am for school and had to immediately catch myself before I complained about her room being messy. I redirected myself by focusing on the facts that she’s healthy, doing well in school and band, active in church and sports, etc. Thinking about these things made the messy room a little less important (still made her clean it up after school though).
I woke up to surprise flowers and a card on my beside table that morning, so I knew it was going to be real easy for me not to have any complaints concerning my husband.
So throughout my day when I felt a complaint on the tip of my tongue I either turned it around into something positive or I swallowed it and went on. Car pulled out in front of me-said a prayer that they make it safely to their destination, long line in store and few registers open- used the time for Facebook scroll through and email check, lots of laundry to do-“happy that we have all of these nice clothes to wear”. That is how it went for the day and I am happy to say that I passed the test.
Doing this really put into perspective how small some of the issues that I might normally have complained about really were. Have I strayed since the challenge? Yes, some, but I am much more mindful of it now. I was never a big complainer, but I realize that I have so much to be grateful and thankful for (we all do), so I want to strive to live a complaint-free life. Yes, I believe it is possible and I am challenging myself to do better in this department day by day. Are you up for the challenge?