Thursday, November 08, 2007
Me Talk Pretty One Day
I'm really lazy, so I thought I would post my blog entry from Girls, God, and the Good Life.

I struggle with negativity. (Can a sister get an amen?)

A friend of mine (who does not struggle with negativity, though I still like her...) told me about these bracelets that people at work were wearing. Apparently on Oprah this pastor told about his campaign for a "Complaint Free World" and his mission to make the world a more positive place. The idea is that you wear this bracelet and every time you gossip or say something negative, you switch the bracelet to the other wrist. Soon you will be switching the bracelet less and less!

I tried this.
I didn't get the cool pink bracelet, but instead used a ponytail holder (because I'm negativeand cheap). And every time I would say something unnecessarily snarky, the bracelet would have to move to my other wrist. Guess worked.

Now I'm not totally cured (not even close), but it did work in that it has really made me think before I speak (this is a new concept for me). I have taken some time off from the bracelet, but during the weeks I wore it, I would genuinely stop and think, "Is this comment WORTH moving the bracelet?" It became like a game--and I didn't want to lose.

But life got busy, and I soon forgot my cheap ponytail holder in the early morning rush.
And you know what? I easily slipped back into my old ways.
This bracelet isn't magical. But it did make me more aware of the things that I think and say.

I dare YOU to try it. Grab a cool bracelet, a ponytail holder, a rubber band, something, and take the bracelet challenge. I'm going back to it. Come on--join me. Let's all be stinkin' positive together.
: )

  posted at 7:34 PM  

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

That sounds like a great idea, for everyone else. I figure if everyone else is trying to live without complaining then I can complain all I want and they can't complain about it.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

I don't suffer from negativity, I enjoy every minute of it. Oh, wait. I think that was supposed to be insanity... oh well. Close enough. :)

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Bethany said...

I really like that! I think I'm going to teach the kids that when I have Jr. Church... :D {and of course they can make some bracelets :)}

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Jenny B. Jones said...

Great idea--to have the kids MAKE them. And it really does work. And if they had bracelets for insanity, I'd be elbow deep...


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Jenny B. Jones

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I am a teacher in one of the largest high schools in the state. I'm also a writer of Young Adult novels and am currently working on a brand new series. Book three in the Katie Parker Production series, The Big Picture, will hit shelves in April 2008. Stay tuned!

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