A complaint free world
I recently had one of those hellish travel days that we all dread. I got to the airport in Austin super early to make sure I didn’t miss my flight – I hadn’t been home for nearly a month and couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed.
But then my flight was delayed for over an hour.
This alone isn’t such a big deal but when coupled with my own poor planning, it becomes a really big deal – I had a connection in Charlotte and my layover there was only 36 minutes long.
So I got off the jet in Charlotte and totally missed my connection. I got put on the next flight to DC.
But then this flight sat at the gate for an hour.
By the time I landed all the public transportation was closed so I had to take a shared van home. I waited an hour for the van. Then the driver refused to use his GPS and kept getting lost.
If everything went smoothly I would have been home around 10:00pm. When all was said and done I was walking into my apartment at 3:00am.
Had this happened a month ago I would have been cursing, complaining, and stressing all the way through. Friends would have received numerous texts about how frustrating my day was.
But here is the thing: while the situation was far from ideal – it didn’t bother me all that much. At times I was even amused.
I recently started the “Complaint Free World” challenge. The gist is pretty simple. You wear a bracelet and attempt to go 21 consecutive days without complaining or gossiping. Each time you do complain or gossip you switch the bracelet from one wrist to the other and start again at day 1.
Switching the bracelet is designed to make you aware of the words coming out of your mouth. In the first few days I must have switched my bracelet at least a dozen times a day. It’s funny -I thought I was the type to never complain. Turns out I was wrong.
From the very beginning of the program (I’ve now been doing it for about a month) I noticed a few awesome side-effects: I was happier, I was more positive, and I felt more energetic. By removing the option of complaining – especially about things that are outside of my own control like flights and shuttles – life got better.
As I write, I’ve gone three consecutive days without complaining. Not bad.
If you’re up for a very cool and surprisingly transformative experience I highly recommend trying the complaint free world challenge. You can learn more here: http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/