Gratitude Challenge: 10 Days Without Complaining
A few weeks ago, I decided I would give you a challenge: I would ask you to go at least ten days without complaining.
And do you know what happened?
I woke up last Friday morning and found my sister calmly restraining a water leak in our kitchen (she’s more laid back than I am).
Of course, my husband was out-of-town for the day. And I am about as handy with plumbing as a giraffe.
My sister wrapped up the leak with some kind of heavy tape, then tried to turn off the water-meter-thingy in the front yard while I got breakfast on the table for my hungry kids (who were asking for granola and hot cocoa).
She was unsuccessful in turning off the water-meter-thingy, so we just baby-sat the leak all day (emptying buckets and bowls every hour or two), until my husband got home that evening to rescue us.
What am I trying to say?
Never plan to ask other people to quit complaining unless you are willing to smile through a water leak.
I did not smile through it, by the way. My sister sweetly told me to quit being a grump (we are brutally honest with one another, my sister and me). It took me a few minutes, but I got my bad attitude under control and we ended up having a great day, despite the mess.
So, on to my challenge:
Can you go 10 days without complaining?
I think you can. I think I can. If we really try.
I shared a similar challenge with my readers, and again with the ladies of our Church in west Texas, a few years ago.
The response was the same: “I can’t believe how much I complain! I do it without even thinking!”
So, can you do it?
Overlook dirty clothes on the floor, flies in the house (yes, we still have flies this time of year in Texas), fussy family members, nosy neighbors, the burnt supper you slaved over, the leaky plumbing, or whatever else drives you crazy?
I know you can do it. For just ten days.
If nothing else, you (and I) will realize how easy it is to gripe, and how much of a choice it is to shut our mouths and smile instead.
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I’ll check in next week and let you know how things are going at my end.
Hopefully, no more water leaks. ;)
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