I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and I came across this post be Meg Wolff. Meg was inspired by Martha Beck to take a week off from complaining out loud. Instead, if it's something that you simply can't leave alone, you write about it. Then you figure out at least one action you can take to make the situation better. (Meg explains it all in detail, so do go read her post.)
I'm taking the challenge. Starting today, I will not complain out loud for one week.
I have been finding a lot to complain about lately, so this comes at a perfect time. I'll be very interested to see what shifts occur, and what this brings up for me. Like I wrote in Meg's comments, every time I complain I feel like a misbehaving schoolgirl waiting for my karmic slap on the wrist. I know it's not helpful, for the most part, and yet I do it anyway. And since I believe that what we put out comes back to us, I want to stop putting out so much negative stuff. This challenge sounds like a great way to sort through what's worth venting about (by getting out the notepad) and what can just be left to fade away. Anyone with me?
Edited to add: 5:34 p.m. I have already complained out loud. This is going to be harder than I thought.