It never fails:
About the time I decide to take this 10 Days Without Complaining challenge every year, my life gets complicated.
I drive twenty minutes to the grocery store… and leave my purse at home.
My homeschooling schedule turns upside down.
I can’t seem to keep my house clean for longer than 10 minutes.
My kids get sick.
A financial need we thought was going to be met falls through.
Someone very close to me gets a really bad diagnosis from the doctor.
Honestly, I’ve had a lot on my mind this week.
My heart has been heavy.
My days have been interrupted.
My emotions feel like they’re being pulled in ten directions…
Worried about this…
Rejoicing about that…
Sorta upset about x, y, and z…
It’s easy to react to life, and our reactions are generally negative. Well, mine are anyway.
Complaining. Griping. Criticizing. Feeling sorry for myself.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about intentionally choosing joy and gratitude. And expressing those values in my words.
I won’t even pretend that I haven’t messed up since I started the 10 Days Without Complaining challenge last week with my kids. I have messed up.
But I really, really, really want to cultivate a lifestyle of gratitude, praise, and joy. Something that extends beyond a simple ten day challenge and finds root in the fiber and soil of my soul.
So I’m here again… setting the bar high for myself, in hopes that if I reach for the stars and fail, I’ll still land on higher ground than when I started.
Will you join me?
Can you go ten days without complaining?
If so, leave me a comment and let me know that you’re in!
You can follow and contribute to the challenge on Facebook with the hashtag #10dayswithoutcomplaining.
If you have children and want to bring them into the challenge, too, here’s a little something to make it fun and “official”:
These pages are part of a printable packet I’m working on, 10 Days Without Complaining for Kids. So far, my children are enjoying the pages I’ve finished and printed for them.
So, are you in?
I hope so!
I’ll be back as much as possible throughout the next ten days to check in and encourage you without thoughts on joy, gratitude, and not complaining.
Thanks for taking this challenge with me, my friend!
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.