Shhh…The 5-Day No Complaining Challenge

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I live a very privileged life.

I’ve been able to recover from 8-years of Lyme Disease — that was a crazy challenge; I’m super educated; I’ve never been held back from doing anything just because I’m a girl; I had the best parents on the planet, who let me shape my life as I see fit; I have a gorgeous and loving husband, who I’ve been with for over 17 years; I live in a country that is safe & overly polite; I have one of the cutest houses in Toronto, and healthy, beautiful food in my kitchen. I’m surrounded by loving friends, and two of the cutest cats.

But, lately, I’ve really noticed that I’m complaining way too much, and a lot of other people are doing the exact same thing. And, why is that? This is something I want to explore.

Daily stress is mounting for me; I’m at a point where I need to make a huge shift in my life. I’m no longer sick; I’m getting stronger physically and mentally every day. I need to start thinking about going back to work, outside of my house.

And, I’m very scared about that.

I became very sick with Lyme Disease back in 2006. I lost the ability to work or to function independently by 2009. I haven’t worked outside of my house in almost 7-years. I have no idea if I can even do it, but I have to try.

One of the things that makes these stressful days even worse is slipping into saying too many negative things out loud, or listening to other people complain.

I know I have the strength and motivation to overcome this hurdle, but the constant negativity is not helping to propel me forward, fast enough.

I just noticed that I’m even complaining about complaining! Ugh.

I need a break, a BIG BREAK! Negativity sucks the life out of everything. It is not a catalyst to greatness, and I think we all deserve more.

So, I’m taking a hiatus. For 5-days straight, starting March 21st, 2016, I’m not going to complain or say anything negative out loud. I’m going to try my hardest and be mindful. And, I’m not going to listen to anyone else do it either.

Here’s what I’m thinking…

  • Let’s pay attention to what we actually say out loud to ourselves and other people. This doesn’t mean be overly, ridiculously positive…just stop complaining.
  • Let’s gently tell others around us that we’re doing this challenge, and we need to keep conversations positive. Steer conversations into the positive realm.
  • Let’s stand-up for our own mental health, and give ourselves some space to just be in a neutral place, free from negativity.
  • Let’s see what happens. Is it going to be hard? Is it going to be possible? Who knows…but let’s try.

Starting on Monday March 21st to Friday March 25th the Shhhh…5-Day No Complaining Challenge starts.

I want to hear from you!

Let me know how you’re doing.

Leave a comment here, or on my Facebook Page.

It’s time to just zip it, already.

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2 Comments on “Shhh…The 5-Day No Complaining Challenge

  1.  by  Alisa Studer

    I know the challenge has already passed but I am going to do it anyway. What a great idea. It is so easy to get caught up in the little annoyances of life and to forget how blessed many of us are. Thanks for the reminder!

  2.  by  Boned Broth

    Why am I so afraid to take on this challenge by just seeing the title? Haha! I don’t think I can go on a day without complaining. But I think this challenge deserves a try. 🙂

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