Friday, April 11, 2008

Complaint Free----ME?

I am rereading Positive Words, Powerful Results by Hal Urban. I read it for the first time several years ago and it challenged me to think more thoughtfully about the words I say. The author provides challenges throughout the book to practice positive word choice. One of his challenges early in the book is to go 24 hours complaint free. Can I do this? Can I go 24 hours without complaining about ANYTHING? I have always looked at myself as being fairly upbeat and positive, until I began to consider how difficult it might be to avoid complaining totally for 24 hours.

SO—here it goes. No complaining about the student who doesn’t ever turn in homework, comes to class unprepared, or seems to underachieve. No complaining that the trash isn’t at the curb, or dishwasher isn’t unloaded, or that the kids play too much XBOX. No complaining about my job, my hair, my weight or my health. No complaining…..period.

This is going to be difficult.
This I know for sure…


TGLB said...

Looking forward to the follow-up post.

Anonymous said...

I have heard about this. I don't think complaining is an awful thing provided you allow for some perspective and are doing more than just complaining - like trying to take steps to correct things.

Good luck to you though.