Five or six years ago, I gave the ladies in my church a challenge to commit to going at least ten days without complaining. The challenge was so much fun (and so challenging) that I decided to share it with my blog readers.
This is the third year I’ve shared this challenge here at Little Natural Cottage. The response is always the same: I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH I COMPLAIN!
Why am I sharing this challenge yet again? Because I believe a little NON-COMPLAINING is in order for most of us (referring to myself, of course!). I hope you’ll join me!
A few weeks ago, I decided I would give you a challenge: I would ask you to go at least ten days without complaining.
And do you know what happened?
I woke up last Friday morning and found my sister calmly restraining a water leak in our kitchen (she’s more laid back than I am).
Of course, my husband was out-of-town for the day. And I am about as handy with plumbing as a giraffe.
My sister wrapped up the leak with some kind of heavy tape, then tried to turn off the water-meter-thingy in the front yard while I got breakfast on the table for my hungry kids (who were asking for granola and hot cocoa).
She was unsuccessful in turning off the water-meter-thingy, so we just baby-sat the leak all day (emptying buckets and bowls every hour or two), until my husband got home that evening to rescue us.
What am I trying to say?
Never plan to ask other people to quit complaining unless you are willing to smile through a water leak.
I did not smile through it, by the way. My sister sweetly told me to quit being a grump (we are brutally honest with one another, my sister and I). It took me a few minutes, but I got my bad attitude under control and we ended up having a great day, despite the mess.
So, on to my challenge:
Can you go 10 days without complaining?
I think you can. I think I can. If we really try.
Overlook dirty clothes on the floor, flies in the house (yes, we still have flies this time of year in the South), fussy family members, nosy neighbors, the burnt supper you slaved over, the leaky plumbing, or whatever else drives you crazy.
I know you can do it. For just ten days.
If nothing else, you (and I) will realize how easy it is to gripe, and how much of a choice it is to shut our mouths and smile instead.
Grab our button and join the 10 Days Without Complaining challenge at Little Natural Cottage!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re up to the challenge!
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.