"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. " Maya Angelou

Guess what is on my right wrist today?

I have bought into parts of the *Thou Shalt Not Complain* thingy that is going around right now. It started out with me hearing little bits and pieces of it here and there. Then I saw a TV show on it. Then I read the web site. Then I was sitting in Rachel's office one day, my mouth just a runnin', when my brain started saying.....*Damn you are one negative girl*. Then the more I really thought about it the more I realized that I do not like myself or my attitude much right now.

That is when I began to think that Mindy needed to change some things.

I can be quiet a snarky girl. Humor is one thing. Snarkiness is another.

Am I using this so that a whole host of harp playing angels will begin to follow me around? Do I think that this is going to help me start pooping golden eggs**? Will this make me magically skinny?

Oh heck no. ~whispers...if it makes me skinny I am so buying more!!~

I ordered the bracelets a few weeks ago all hip on being positive and such. By the time they arrived, not so much. I did not even open the package when they came here because I knew I would have to deal with them. Imagine, not wanting to look at little purple bracelets cause you know you are going to have to put some action to them!! Finally I opened them and they spent a few days on my computer desk at home. Then, they migrated to work. They have sat here a few days looking at me....daring me to put one on.

Dirty dog double daring me.

I am using this because I have forgotten my blessings. I have had some low lows over the last couple of weeks. I have also had some high highs. But I can rattle off the lows without even having to take a breath. The highs I would have to think about. I have bought in to the negativity of the world at this time. I realize that it has been months since I have posted a thankfulness list. I have lost my gratitude and joy.

And that is not who or what I want to be.

I am going to use this as a tool. I want to catch myself when I am negative and try to channel it into a more positive thing.

It works like this. Begin to wear the bracelet, on either wrist. When you catch yourself complaining or criticizing (it’s ok, everyone does) move the bracelet to the other arm and begin again. If you hear someone else who is wearing a bracelet complain, you may point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if you’re going to do this, you must move your bracelet first! Stay with it. It may take many months but when you reach 21 days you will find that your entire life is happier, more loving and more enjoyable.

Case in point, I have worn mine for 6 hours and 15 minutes. I even did yoga at lunch and did not mutter a negative word.

Then everyone was in here talking about *a project* and I catch myself saying something I should not have. Well...we were all thinking it but big mouth here just went right ahead and waded out in it. After it flew out of my mouth, I had to change the bracelet to the other wrist.


Now don't be thinking that I am going all flipping Mary Poppins on ya. The web site does say: “Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a mistake or deficiency so that it can be put right. And to refrain from complaining doesn’t necessarily mean putting up with bad quality or behavior. There is no ego in telling the waiter your soup is cold and needs to be heated up—if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral. ‘How dare you serve me cold soup…?’ That’s complaining.”—Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth”

So there it is. I have made myself accountable to you my dear loyal readers. You catch me being negative then you may call me out on it. Then I will switch my bracelet.

And guess what? *grins really big* I got extras!! Read the web site. Think about it for a bit. If you want one of the bracelets, I will send you one for free. Postage is on me. Offer is good until supplies run out!

Don't y'all start a stampede now....~grins~

**Trust me...if I start to poop golden eggs I am so writing a tutorial so ya'll can all do the same. I am all about sharing the wealth. *snickers*


  1. i would like to take part in this. i too have noticed that i have become more and more negative the last several months.(i was blaming it on a winter w/o snow) really though it's that it is easier to wallow in the negative than to look for the positive.

  2. Anonymous1:01 PM

    I'll take one if you have any extra's, but I'll probably wear it out in the first 15 minutes!!

    What I really want is one of your CLEAN golden eggs!! ~snirk~

  3. I would like to play too Mom Gator. I think I need it. I need to be more positive about things, and if it makes me skinny then what the heck why not!!!

  4. I think if you start pooping golden eggs, then you'll really have something to complain about!

    I like this idea as long as it doesn't mean turning all your complaints inward. Sometimes isn't it good to get it out?

    And of course there are the complaint psalms...

  5. ~grins~ at least I would have something to show for my efforts JWD!!

    I totally agree with is not a shutting down of my feelings or turning them inwards. I think that I can still get them out but in a different manner.

  6. This is my today's horoscope...for reals...I am not making this up.

    *It's time to take a long look in the mirror, but there's no need to be overly critical about yourself. It's simple: if you don't like what you see, make a concrete plan and then put your ideas into motion. If you are at a loss and don't know what to do next, seek expert advice, but don't expect your adviser to sweet talk you. They will tell it like it is -- and you wouldn't want it any other way.*

    How can I argue with that??

  7. I'd like one of them thar bracelet dohickeys! And I would like to also poop golden eggs, but for me they'd have to be small. Just sayin'. Not sayin' more.

    And next time your snark acts up just call me. I have snark spray! In the pretty violet virtual spray can.

  8. I'm not sure I can give up complaining...some days it's the only aerobic exercise I get.

  9. I feel so uncool, I did not know about this movement (but I think I did see a copy of his book at Books A Million)! Very interesting! Good luck with it. I know you will do better soon. You really are such a giving person who makes a difference to a lot of people.

  10. brilliant. really amazing friend. i am so in. so ready. and do let me know if you lose a ton of weight and poop strange objects. i mean - those are strange side affects.

  11. I'm tired of listening to my own testy complaining rants.

    I going to look at the website.

    thanks for this!

  12. I'm too late.. I just know it.. but you KNOW me and those bracelets, lol... And that one I would even wear, lol.

  13. Hey,
    I have one of these! I used them as a sermon illustration when I got to preach last November. It does help!



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