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Day 1 Fast from Complaining

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To complain: to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault:

Today was day 1 of my complaint from fasting. This was definitely a lot harder than I thought. especially when i realized how much I actually do complain. Unfortunately, I mentioned to one of the nurses at my job that I was fasting from complaining. Her first response was to laugh. Then she went on to count all the numerous times I would no longer be able to complain and whine --like when i have to sign paperwork ad nauseum or sign for drug samples (just to name a few). I quickly wanted to rethink this part of my fast. Then, as the day went along, i realized how almost everything I said could be construed as a complaint about something. Am I really that bad? it turns out that i am--I had to stop myself multiple times, especially when it came to other people. This will truly be a challenge for me.
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    Good idea,1stateofdenial--I thought about just rephrasing how I say things--becuase otherwise, I wouldn't speak at all!
    3402 days ago
    Just like beauty, complaining can be in the eye of the beholder. The way we say things can be considered a complaint when it was never intended that way. As you work on this, if you find people around you commenting about how you are complaining, stop for a moment and try to rephrase it or alter your tone and try again. By changing it in the moment, instead of just hearing 'that's a complaint', it will help you to change your mindset/words in the moment and learn from it. Practice makes better, right?
    3402 days ago
    Love this idea - I may steal it from you for Lent!
    3402 days ago
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