Ending The Challenge

On March 27, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Meghan
The 3-week complaining challenge ended yesterday! While I faltered with a little complaining here and there during the first two weeks, I challenged myself to stay entirely positive during the third week. I was successful! I’ve considered complaining about my sore hip on several occasions, but I’ve instead focused my energy on healing it. On Sunday, I wanted to complain about the insane wind on my long run. Instead, I pulled my ball cap low over my eyes to keep the grit out and I just ran.

“When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.” -Ernest Renan

This quote resonated with me because I think it unintentionally defines what complaining really is. In my mind, complaining is more than simply pointing out a negative situation. More like, complaining is the irrational negative banter, whether out loud or in one’s head, about things that we cannot or will not change. Positive results can emerge from identifying a negative situation, so long as we in tandem work towards changing that situation.

Thanks, Beth, for starting the challenge! These 3 weeks have not only taught me to control my complaining, but they have also shown me that life’s key is to look for the good that is around us, instead of the bad. I will volunteer that several parts of my life aren’t proceeding perfectly. While I’m working to change those parts of my life, I am focusing the many million elements of my life that are absolutely fantastic.

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” -James Oppenheim

Okay, y’all, fess up! How did all of you do in this last week? Lessons learned, new habits formed through the challenge?


5 Responses to “Ending The Challenge”

  1. A says:

    oh! It’s over? I forgot! πŸ™‚

    I am going to do it again! Three weeks goes by so quickly. πŸ™‚

    I confess, I did some complaining about school miseries a few times, but overall this challenge was just what I needed to get me out of my rut! It helped me to catch myself when the complaints started forming, and nip them in the bud. Hooray!

    Yep, it’s all about selective focus, as you say… there’s so much good stuff we CAN focus on!

    p.s. You have had some fantastic quotes on your blog lately! Love ’em! πŸ™‚


  2. JeffO says:

    I thing I deserve a D+!
    It was great training the head-off the negative thoughts and refocus. I think we could all use another three weeks of practice.

  3. Beth says:

    GREAT job Meghan! You really took the challenge to heart and I learned a lot from you in doing so! I hope you have a great weekend and that piriformis is behaving. Take care!

  4. crowther says:

    I declined to participate in this “challenge” because, well, it just seemed too New Agey for my taste. BUT I applaud you for rejecting my cynical ways in favor of a more productive approach.

  5. Meghan says:

    Happy Saturday!

    Anne and JeffO- Alright, let’s do it again! I’m game, as practice makes perfect, right?

    Beth- But, how did you do with the challenge? πŸ˜‰

    Greg- This is the first time my activities have been called New Age-y! I’m laughing!

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