Friday, January 22, 2010

Thanks, Not Cranks

Big Thanks to Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee for the bracelet shown above!

Linda wrote about the accessory in this post earlier in the month and I joined in the challenge.

While wearing the bracelet you're supposed to not complain, but give thanks instead. If you do complain, you're supposed to switch the bracelet to the other arm as a physical reminder to not grumble.

A few days ago I received my own THANKS, NOT CRANKS bracelet and immediately put it on. Within 60 seconds I had switched arms twice - first complaining about something and then saying, "That stinks!" about having just complained. Not the best start. :)

After wearing it now for a few days, I realize that I don't do a lot of complaining, but I do say A LOT of unkind things in my attempt at sarcastic humor. At the dinner table a couple of nights ago, I shared my observations to hearty agreement from the gang- followed by their own snarky comments! I suggested we get our own arm bands to remind us to BE KIND! That got a good laugh...which made me think they really do need one.

I remember the first Bible verse my mother ever had me learn: "And be ye kind, one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you." (Eph. 4:32) Obviously, she noticed I needed a little kindness early on!

(Why do I hear my family sayin' "Amen!" in my head!) Hmmm...

So I continue to wear my bracelet to remind me to not complain, but also to be kind. Not bad - a two-for-one-deal! Sounds like a winner to me!

Thanks, Lid!


lagirl/Sweet Tea said...

It's so good to be "mindful" and so easy to just coast through the day being unaware of what we're saying...Great example for your kids who may decide they actually want a bracelet like Mom's.

Greg C said...

I wish I had one of those braclets. Wahhh wahhhhh Maybe Lid should send me one. :)

2cats said...

My wrists are about worn out from all the switching back and forth that I ave been doing with the bracelet.
(That was not a complaint, only a statement of fact.)