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i noticed it mid sentence yesterday afternoon. me, talking out loud in my kitchen to my family and myself, about nothing really but a list of things annoying me. complaining, frankly. about little things. about all the things. about things that don’t even matter. i could feel the energy in our small kitchen shifting as i went on and on and on. what was the most fascinating thing about the situation though was this déjà vu moment i was experiencing. i realized as i spoke that only an hour or two earlier in the day, i had stood in the very same spot in my kitchen, lamenting on and on about similar things, as i probably did the day before and the day before that.

and while i’m not wanting to disregard the little things that can build up when they aren’t addressed and say we must ignite some sort of care-free attitude that ignores true feelings which are absolutely valid and important in their rightful time and place……i do believe that how we address a situation in our heads to ourselves as well as how we vocalize it to others is powerful. and i don’t want to make a habit of pointing out all the bad in my day, but rather the good. after all, when we have our health, our family, a warm and welcoming home, to name a few good things — we don’t need to give so much weight to what’s going wrong in life.

i made a goal last night to not complain about anything out loud or inside my head for the next seven days. i shared this on instagram last night and was so pleased to hear that many are joining in! if you are reading this, i would love for you to consider joining us as well. what i’ve been trying to do today is replace my complaint straight away with a quick check to see if there’s anything or anyone around me i can instead serve. i have been amazed how in less than 24 hours, i’ve felt my mood lighten a little. some moments have been harder than i anticipated as i’m noticing just how frequently i like to see the problem for what it is in my day and focus entirely on that. but i’m determined to keep at it, and see if i can rewire my new found habit of pointing out all the bad and replacing it with all the good.

here’s to a new week and a fresh start to forward-thinking-thoughts about ourselves, our loved ones and the life we live!

  1. Meghan H

    Love this challenge! I will try my best to give it a go as well! Love your thoughts and encouragement to try to do better. Let’s do this!

  2. Jessica

    I was literally just sitting with my husband after a “hard” day and complaining to him about all the problems, when I realized, humbly, that really my life is so dang good and easy compared to a lot of people. I’m so in! This is exactly what I needed and you read my mind!

  3. Barbara

    what a great challenge! I don’t know if I can do it but I want to try! Starting from now!

  4. Rena

    I really like this approach as I absolutely think complaining doesn’t help :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  5. I love this idea! I think it would be really hard because often I find myself complaining without even realizing it!

    K A T E L A T E L Y //
    http://www.katelately.co

  6. Piper

    I’m joining you – Naomi! I catch myself doing that as well – in our household, I unfortunately seem to be one getting annoyed the most and complain (about kids not cleaning up once again, forgetting to bring their homework home, them giving me attitude about doing the things they need to do, etc etc etc!) One day it kinda hit me that I seemed to be the most unhappy person in our home, and that realization got me back in line. What kind of behavior and mindset am I setting for my kids? My mom did the complaining and nagging a lot when we were younger (and i tended to disregard her) and while I completely understand her in a different light now that I’m a mom too, I’m grateful to have consistent reminders about the importance of keeping my own emotions in check if that’s what I’m trying to teach my kids. Excited for the next seven days! Here we go!

  7. Reg

    Meditation has helped me a lot with releasing those pesky negative thought loops. It’s about noticing and having the awareness that they exist, and then letting them go

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  9. Jenna

    This will change your life! So so good! Excited for you! For out of the heart the mouth speaks! Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

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