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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The experiment...

I've finished reading "A Complaint Free World" by Will Bowen - and I am excited to begin the 21 Day Challenge. If you're not familiar with the Complaint Free World movement, you can learn more about it here or find a copy of the book at your local library. The challenge is this: to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, gossiping, or criticizing. Bowen even sends out purple bracelets as a reminder/honor system with the challenge.

"Here's how to use the bracelet:
1. Begin to wear the bracelet on either wrist.
2. When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing, move the bracelet to the other wrist and begin again.
3. If you hear someone else who is wearing a purple bracelet complain, it's okay to point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if you're going to do this, you must move your bracelet first! Because you're complaining about their complaining.
4. Stay with it. It may take many months to reach 21 consecutive days. The average is 4-8 months."

In November 2001 my friend Josh and I tried to stop complaining for the month - leading up to Thanksgiving. It was a very interesting experiment, not a lot of structure - but I remember that time of very consciencely listening to the words coming out of my mouth. We also cheated...a lot.

I'm excited to get started...I've ordered an official bracelet - but will be using another bracelet until it arrives. Awesome!


Josh said...

In our defense, we were living at BYU at the time - there is much need to complain there.

Bilbo said...

I heard about this a few weeks ago on the Today Show. I thought it was a stupid concept!

...I'm sorry, was that critical, a complaint or gossiping?

Actually, I'm very curious how this goes for you. I'm sure that I can do it myself.

Bilbo said...

I meant to say, "I'm sure that I CAN'T do it myself."

These comments don't let you edit your mistakes once it's been committed. I wasn't complaining or anything. Just explaining my extra posting. I'll stop now.

Karen said...

Although the concept is fabulous... Chanel... seriously...

Is there a counter on the band so you know how many time you have moved it back and forth?