Welp. It's official. Tomorrow will be Day #1 of the NCC, the No Complain Campaign.
"But Stephanie, weren't you on Day 5, oh a week ago?"
It is true that I was on Day 5 of the No Complaint Campaign on September 5th, but it is also true that September 5th ended as Day 1. I've been circling Day 1 ever since.
"Why? Stephanie? Why try? Why not just go with a good thing?" Because sometimes, words are not so good.
The Truth: Words are decisions we get to make daily. From the moment I wake in the morning, until the moment I throw myself (literally I usually toss myself in some manner) in bed, I make a lot of decisions. What am I going to where? How am I going to fix my hair (or, more accurately) am I going to fix my hair? Throughout the day I give directions. I tell people what to do, how to respond, how to act. And yet, one area hard to tame- my words.
Words are powerful. "Sticks and stones may break my bones," but your words will ever haunt me, is actually a more descriptive saying than the saying children have been heard chanting for years and years. The truth, bones can heal, and become unbroken, skin is healed of scratches. The heart, however, is that place where memories are most stored and contained, that place where love is born and lives and dies. The heart remembers words spoken.
I love words. Loquacious by nature, I love the abundance use of words, and okay perhaps, I enjoy a hearty conversation. However, how many of my words are useless? How many are directed at someone with malice? How many are shot into the air and land in the wrong spot, intended for a wrong purpose? Too many. One I have decided is too many. Right now, I am working on making a conscience choice to manage my words. It is work. I cannot lie, but every day, I am finding it easier to bite back a complaint or a groaning. And one day, possibly in the distant future, when my name is mentioned, when my name is mentioned, those around will remember me spilling sunshine and happiness into the air, instead of grumbling and groaning. In the meantime, I'll be sporting a yellow (or purple) bracelet, as a reminder to choose my words carefully.
Want to join in my No Complain Campaign? Just do it! Remember, you won't hear criticism, or discouraging words coming out of my mouth! Change your world! I'm changing mine.
"The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
"Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
Shine bright, and have a little fun along the way.