Happy September! My good friend Dave Bourdeau gave me a â€œdo not complainâ€ bracelet a few days ago. It inspired me to do a 30-day No Complain challenge!
Join me! Start by getting a journal today. You can use one you already have. You can use your phone or tablet. Heck, you can just post to social media.
However you do it, post something you are grateful for!
Iâ€™ll be putting together a book about this project, so any feedback you offer will be great! Hereâ€™s my draft at an introduction.
Complaining. It seems to be all around us. People complain about the weather. About the traffic. About their health. About politics. Hour after hour is invested in being angry about something in our world.
That is where this 30 Days of Uplifting Words project comes in.This isnâ€™t about not caring. Quite the opposite â€“ it is about caring so much that you want to spend your precious time doing something rather than whining about it.
The Uplifting Words project seeks to help us become more aware about how we invest our energy and time. We all have limited amounts of both. Our time on this Earth could end at any moment.
Every day matters.I very first began a Do Not Complain project back on April 7, 2008. Iâ€™ve started and stopped it any number of times, but each new session revitalized my energy levels and focus.
I was drawn to tackle this again when a good friend, Dave Bourdeau, gifted me with a Do Not Complain bracelet in the end of August 2019. I decided right then to start afresh with a 30-day challenge in September 2019. That formed the basis for this book. I wrote messages to myself on it in gold Sharpie. When we are participating in this project, we still make note of the things happening in the world around us. We make note of things which weâ€™d like to be different.
And then, instead of simply ranting about it to family and friends, we find some way in which we can make a difference.
We all have different roles.
Maybe we like to write letters. We can be one of the people to send a letter in to a representative to make a voice heard. Politicians do cave to overwhelming pressure, and every voice adds into that.
Maybe we like to post on social media. We can spread the news about a problem so that more people become aware. That will trigger more voices to rise up about it.
Maybe thereâ€™s concrete action we can take in our own lives. If the issue is with childhood hunger, maybe we can volunteer time at a local food bank. Maybe we can donate some food. Maybe we can spread the word so others donate food.
There are a myriad of ways to help.
It all begins with easing back on the complaining and whining, one day at a time. With refocusing those energies and minutes to something productive. Something which will help.
Something which will make our world a better place for us all.