O.K., I'm taking the challenge I saw on Oprah yesterday. It all started with Pastor Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, Missouri. He challenged his congregation to 21 complaint-free days. He has devised a method of heightening everyones awareness by designing these purple bands to be worn on their wrist. The band says "A Complaint Free World.Org" and that's his mission and gift to the world. Over 3 million bracelets have been sent out world-wide, by that church's volunteers at no charge (not even postage). Of course, they accept contributions. It cost Money! to create this awareness but to accept the challenge is absolutely free and the rewards are countless.
It was mandatory reading (by my mother) for me to read Norman Vincent Peale's book, The Power of Positive Thinking. I learned at an early age that the mind has power and the power of positive thinking can change the entire direction your life. This "movement" is along the same lines. By wearing the bracelet, it increases your awareness to remain positive and NOT COMPLAIN. If you do catch yourself complaining, you are suppose to put the bracelet on the other wrist and start your 21 days again.
Here is the link to his site and where you can order your own bracelet. I can't wait the 3 to 4 weeks so I've made my own purple bracelet as my reminder.
Go ahead, accept the challenge and stop whinning!
Postscript: Living in a foreign country (i.e. Costa Rica) has it's challenges. For one, the customs are very different and frustrating. I have fallen in the trap of complaining instead of concentrating on the "good". I have been here long enough to accept the way things are and deal with it but I have lost my wonder-lust romance with Costa Rica. I am hoping this positive effort will lead me back.