Complaint Free

Did you know the average person complains between 15-30 times a DAY?! Sunday night I found myself complaining.
A LOT. I was in the middle of telling Jared how annoyed I was that I was going to have to work a TON of extra hours
this upcoming week, how I don't get off on Christmas Eve…. etc etc etc. Then something stopped me mid-sentence.
I heard the words that were coming out of my mouth and they honestly DISGUSTED ME.

Complaining about a job I am very fortunate to have?! The reason I'll be working so much this week and next is due to the success our organization is currently having. It's not a bad thing. Sure, extra hours stink…. sure, I'm going to be absolutely exhausted and sure, I don't get paid any extra for the countless amounts of overtime I'll be working….
 but is it so bad?!


The answer is NO, it's not that bad. I think the happenings in Connecticut are honestly what made me stop my complaining last night. I instantly thought of all those families hurting, and not just them… but those who can't
find work at all. Those who are homeless. Those who might be spending Christmas absolutely alone this year.
Those who are going through a divorce.

My point is this. Let's STOP complaining. Oh, that line at Target you're waiting in is SOOOO LONG!? Oh, Starbucks
messed up your $4.00 drink?! Oh, they didn't have the shoes you wanted in your size?! Let's think before we speak.
I don't mean this is any type of preach-y tone whatsoever, because I need to think about my words as much as anyone.

A few years ago, my mom and I stumbled upon the idea of A Complaint Free World. It's one of those simple rubber bands you can wear on your wrist as a reminder to stop complaining! The catch with this bracelet however, is that
any time you complain, you must switch your band to the other wrist.

My mom and I both have them and wore them for quite some time together. The amount of times we were switching our bands was shameful. I'm going to start wearing mine again, as I want to be slow to speak, and even slower to ever complain. Let's STOP complaining.

You don't have to buy a bracelet to remind yourself, a simple plain rubber band or even a bracelet you normally wear can be switched. Let's STOP complaining and START counting our blessings more often.


17 comments

  1. Such great truth to this post, Erin. Love you to pieces and you are such an inspiration :)

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  2. What a great challenge! I'm a complainer! Especially when things don't go my way! I'm really focusing on going with the flow. I already have everything I need...what is there to complain about?? Hope you have a great week!!

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  3. I'll try my best not to complain today! I know it's so easy to complain about everything wrong. I've been trying to be more positive and thankful for what I do have instead of complaining about what I dont.

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  4. Girl, I love this post! I have found myself doing the same thing so many times and then I have to step back and remember how fortunate I truly am. I'm lucky to be in Target spending money that I earned working a secure job that I have. I'm lucky to be heading up to spend Christmas with in-laws who have accepted me into their family, no matter how much I was dreading flying over Christmas. And I'm just lucky to be alive and healthy and happy!

    Love the idea behind the bracelets, too :)

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  5. Love this post, Erin! I had a "moment" this weekend as well...complaining/feeling sorry for myself...then I realized I have no room to complain at all. I am truly blessed and my "complaints" are nothing compared to things others are going through. I love the idea of the bracelet! I might have to try that out : )

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  6. John says I complain alot. I've been making a conscious effort to be better. It's so hard sometimes. And then we get slapped in the face with a big reality check.

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  7. Love this idea! I need to be better at not complaining too!!

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  8. I've been trying to be more conscience of this the past week or so. I know I REALLY don't have a lot to complain about in my life... Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. Love this post! so true!! We have so much to be thankful for!

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  10. This is a great idea. I read something once in high school about how much we complain, and I challenged myself to go a mere 3 days without complaining - guess how hard that was?! I try to think about it occasionally, but it's so dadgum difficult! Good for you though, and that bracelet trick is cool idea!

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  11. Very inspiring post, Erin! It is embarrassing how often I complain without even thinking about the words coming out of my mouth. The world would be a much happier place if we took your advice and counted our blessings instead of complaining about minute details.
    Thanks for the reminder!

    XO
    Amanda @ Faith*Love*Strength

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  12. This is a great post and I agree, its unreal the things we complain about until we put it all in perspective.

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  13. I've heard of that book before. I need to start doing that because I have so much to be thankful for. Such a great post.

    xo
    jessa

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  14. What a great idea with the bracelet!! I think this post is a great reminder to be thankful about having things to complain about! Like you said, the things most of us complain about; our jobs, issues with our homes, price of gas, etc people who don't have it would LOVE!

    Thank you!!

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  15. Such a wonderful idea. Being a mom has changed my outlook on life. Sure I still dwell on the small things now and then, but I know what really matters and what is really important. Something like the Newtown massacre happens and it really does open our eyes to those things on which we should be focusing our time, efforts and energy. To not complaining!

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  16. I love this! Such a great idea. I'm not sure how I came across your blog but I just love it, I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to reading more of your blog!
    -Becca
    faithloveandbabies.blogspot.com

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