Hi! I’m back! Look for more posts coming as I get back into three big passions of mine: writing, inspiring, and growing with others.
Recently, I joined a community of woman wanting to live more simply. While I have JUST joined and therefore cannot completely endorse them I do want to give them and this course, A Simple Year, credit for this challenge as part of my June “homework.”
Now this is where I get real. I complain. A lot. So much so that my husband has also recommended such a challenge to me on a much limited basis. I complain so much that I’ve hesitated to take this challenge as I’m afraid of finding out just how much of a complainer I truly am. Kind of like the fear you have when you’ve neglected sunscreen on the lake while wearing your sunglasses and you know that your reflection is going to be scary. Or the first time your children are playing “house” and the mom embarrassingly sounds a lot like you. I anticipate that this is going to be hard. Real hard. Couch to marathon hard. However, I also believe that at the end I will be happier, have more gratitude and likely have set an entirely new tone in our family.
Now I could go quietly through this challenge by myself. Sometimes like how we go on a diet without telling anyone. Then no one knows when we fail. No one judges our second piece of cake. Then if I complain no one is the wiser. Maybe they will join in and we will have a big complaining party. Probably about our husbands or kids. I could do that. Instead, however, I’m going to be brave and tell not only my spouse and my kids, but as much of the world as I can.
Here is the challenge: NO (zip, zero, zilch) complaining for the next 21 days! Why 21 and not a month? It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. If I can change the way I think and talk over the next 21 days then I can do it for 30 days, 2 months, 6 months, a year and then purposely forever.
Here will be my full plan:
1. Have accountably partners: my oldest child who is almost 9 (she is at a stage where complaining is already a habit so I’m also secretly planning to use my challenge to challenge her too ??), my husband, YOU and this blog and a few other key people (sister, friends)
2. 21 days, starting Monday, June 13.
3. Followup: Blog posts at 48 hours, 1 week, 2 weeks and 21 days…unless I feel a need to share sooner then this.
Now, this is not something I can completely on my own. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18) So when I succeed (I’m planning for success!) it will be because of the help of the Holy Spirit. He deserves the glory and praise for anything I do!
See you on Wednesday! ?
Comment below if you would like to join me on this journey or if you will agree to keep me accountable!