Monday, January 04, 2010

The "Thanks, Not Cranks" Challenge

But there's more than one challenge going on for me, as in "how not to hit the 'publish' button when all you have typed is 'The' in your post title."

Yes, I just did that. So if you received a subscription notice about my clever post, "The," now you know the story behind the story.

Give me a break; I've only been at this blogging thing 5 years.

OK, back to the "Thanks, Not Cranks" Challenge.

Yesterday, one of our pastors brought an awesome sermon about gratitude to a group of people feeling very cranky about frigid temps on a Sunday morning.

Not that I complained. (See yesterday's post for a disclosure of a total lie.)

At the end of the talk, he passed out purple rubber bracelets to everyone willing to participate in the challenge, which is:

Try to live 21 days complaint-free. Any time that you express a negative thought, you switch the bracelet to the other wrist. The goal, of course, is to change your way of speaking/thinking.

I was kind of hoping he'd ask us to snap other peoples' bracelets when we caught them complaining, but no. He is a kill-joy.

And there goes my bracelet right now to the other wrist. Dang.

At least Pastor was honest enough to say that after the first time he delivered the message, he didn't get much farther than four blocks away before he had to make the switch because he noticed gas prices were up on the way home from church.

Ouch.

I don't know if I can make it 21 days complaint-free, but I hope it will help me catch my thoughts, take them captive, you know.

Actually, the harder challenge for me might be wearing this thing for 21 days because I don't do jewelry well (even if it's made of rubber). I tend to feel it all the time, which makes me crazy.

[Switching bracelet now.]

When I come in from work or church or some event, after the shoes come off, I head directly to my room and get the jewelry off. I've been this way my whole life. I got used to the wedding ring, but a few years ago when I started going to the gym, I didn't want to bend it, so I took it off. Ever since then, it drives me crazy, too.

[Not switching. That was merely an addendum to the previous jewelry complaint.]

So if you catch me here or on Facebook whining, feel free to "clear your throat" and gently suggest that I stick with the program.

And I will be ever so grateful.

Happy Monday!

PS: Does this bracelet my hand look fat like a gnarly old tree trunk with roots?

Oy. Switch!

36 comments:

Laura said...

The bracelet is a lovely color of purple. I'd probably get arrested for distracted driving since that's when I'd be moving that dang thing from one wrist back to the other...over and over again! Yeah, I get a little cranky while driving! Good luck!!

Jill said...

I'm the same way about jewelry. I'm always losing mine because it comes off as soon as I walk in the door.

That's a great challenge! I'm pretty sure my bracelet would be switching every minute or so!

Mrs. E said...

I am digging out my bracelet. (It is around here somewhere!) What a great way to start the year!

Kim said...

Well, at least you didn't complain that the pretty purple bracelet will limit your wardrobe options for the next 21 days as you dress in an effort not to clash.

hahaha

I have NOTHING that would go with purple!

SusanD said...

What a fabulous challenge. Got any more of those bracelets to send our way? I sure could use it! lol Blessings, SusanD

Roxanne said...

You are beautiful. And is it wrong of me to hope you continue to complain JUST a little as your complaining is HILARIOUS?

Linda said...

I take all my jewelry off as soon as I hit the door too. It's more about taking care of it for me though. I don't want to cook or clean with my wedding ring on.

I think I'd have a real struggle with the purple bracelet. A pastor who would dare do that during a freezing cold snap is a brave pastor! ha.

Catherine said...

It's a wonderful idea. But I hate wearing bracelets when I'm at the computer (which is all day for my job), so I'd have to spend the day switching it back and forth, I'm sure.

But it IS a wonderful idea.

makingitcount said...

Starting the "Complaint Free World Challenge" with 250 kiddos later this week....and our teachers/staff...
Somehow I know the kids will so "win" at this....and ya know, that's okay!

Tabi said...

That really is a great idea...I think I will involve myself in your churches challenge...hmm surely that's cool..now to find just a rubber band to switch over..this really is one of my goals to be working on, complain less!
Here's to hoping our arms down get wore out from all the switching!

Mocha with Linda said...

I've gotten where necklaces sorta bug me. And I have to take off my watch sometimes when I'm on the computer.

You cracked me up about wanting to snap other folks' bracelets.

And I have no complaints about visting your blog, even if all you type is The.

Kelly Combs said...

Great idea. Your arm looks thin & lovely and purple is great on you.

I love the idea. Your pastor rocks!

By the way, at my sister's blog today, she's running the "May I have a napkin please" song from your post long ago, and you're getting more kudos than the song in the comments section. :-)

Melli said...

LOL! My post TODAY is about me NOT GOING to church yesterday because it was sooooooo cold! Gimme that bracelet! sheeeeeesh... Good luck to you! No... God BLESS your attempts and achievement!

Jewel said...

I've heard of these.. it's a great idea! I wonder if they make hem that vibrant color of purple so that it would prompt other people to ask you about it? Maybe.
I wish you a successful mission!!

Jody said...

I probably wouldn't make it an hour...but it is an interesting thought. Best of luck to you!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

What a great idea! I like that it's a tangible "thing" you have to do EVERY TIME you complain.

Do you have to do it even when it's just under your breath?

I'd be in trouble.

Debbie said...

I have heard of these bracelets. I could sure use one but I bet it would be a rude awakening for me!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

One year my volleyball coach made us do that when we complained during practice -- only instead of switching wrists, we had to snap ourselves. Mine was pretty sore.

Rach@In His Hands said...

This is a fab idea...I need to get rid of some cranks!!

Sarah said...

My mom heard of something similar a year or two back. It was a lighter purple and it said http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/. We really liked it because everyone in our family could keep each other accountable in a light way - rather than nagging at each other to stop complaining (what's worse, nagging or complaining?)

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I'm just like you with the jewelry. It comes off right when I come in the door.
At least you are not wearing a rubber band. I'd be snapping myself silly.

Baba said...

Hi Linda, this sounds like a good idea... wonder if it would help while I try to eat better for the year??? Switch arms if I cheat on a diet..worth a try to remind myself of my goals..thanks for sharing ..
Have a good day.. hugs, Baba

Stephanie said...

I LOVE this idea! I'm going to try it.
Also I love the story about your post called "The". Sounds compelling ;)


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Brenda Susan said...

But........if you can't complain............you won't have anything to write about!

skoots1mom said...

cute idea...sounds like a youth activity we did during spring break...add another level to it if you get bored...'have to say a scripture verse' while changing the bracelet or repeat one you want to know to help with your scripture memory...
that will help change the habit and instill His word :)

Kay said...

I'm with you on the jewelry thing. Used to wear wedding ring/other ring/ watch every day until I had a sick child and then it was over! I still take them all off when I get home to stay for the day. I wouldn't last long with the rubber bracelet either. And not just because of my lack of bracelet wearing skills... can you say 'skinny wrists?'.. but b/c I would have my hand all sore from all the swapping around! LOL BTW.. I'll say it so you don't have to... IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

Quilldancer said...

I am thinking that at this rate you are not going to get anything done but switching that bracelet back and forth!

The good news is, I have just began a habit breaking campaign myself and although I am only on day three I have learned that checking one's self does get easier with repetition and soon the pattern is broken!

Ballerina Girl said...

great challenge! Good luck :)
I hope that you have a wonderful 2010~

BG

My ADHD Me said...

Purple is ok. Thank goodness it isn't pink. I don't wear pink ever but I wore a pink breast cancer bracelet for about 6 months. LOTS of people asked about it...because it was pink....and Morticia never wore pink.

BTW.....You KNOW Ken Lee will have to be visiting my Top 5 this week! What we have done without you!!

2cats said...

I am just the opposite of you. The older I get the better I wear jewelry. When I was young I couldn't wear anything now I can wear it all.
I don't think the first time you mentioned your jewelry you needed to switch wrists. I think you were just making all of us aware of your skins aversion to jewelry. Not a compalint.

bluecottonmemory said...

This is so funny - All I have to do is try to get my 4 boys in the car and drive. Between other people on the road and being in the car with 4 boys who take turns being irritable or irritating - I'd have a wreck switching wrists every 3 or 4 minutes! However, tomorrow, I am going to give this a try. I had a lot to complain about this last year - I need this to re-adjust - because last year is over! If you hear a gagging sound - that's me trying to change gears!

What a wonderfully humorous post that let me swallow that message without complaining - as a matter of fact, I embraced it! Great job!

Carmen said...

That's a beee-u-tee-ful purple rubber bracelet...
...
uh oh...do they have one for telling little white lies? ;)

Just kidding! Have a wonderful 2010! =D

Susanne said...

It's a good thing the rule is not snapping it on one's wrist because I'd be purple from all the snaps. Hmmm, maybe I should get one of them things. Got any extras? :v)

Cathy said...

What a neat idea! I love it and I need it!!

Another Suburban Mom said...

I love that. I want one for the majority of my office. You can actually buy some from the complaint free world website.

http://www.complaintfreeworld.biz/purple-complaint-free-bracelet.html

Janice said...

Lol... short term memory, now I remember the bracelet!!!

Three friends of mine and myself are doing a 21 day fast to start the new year off... I would encourage anyone to read the book "Fresh Wind Fresh Fire" if they would like to be inspired!