Have you seen these purple bracelets? Just today, Oprah featured them on her show, but they’ve been popping up all over in the past couple of months. The brainchild of William Bowen (A Complaint Free World.org), these bands are a visible admonition to, as Gandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to wear a purple bracelet on the same wrist for 21 consecutive, complaint-free days. If you find yourself kvetching, gossiping or criticizing, you have to move it to the other wrist and begin again.
“You will find that your entire life is happier, more loving, more positive and more abundant,” Bowen says. But wait, there’s more! He’ll send you a “Certificate of Happiness” if you quit yer whining for three weeks straight.
Sounds, um, challenging, doesn’t it? I’m not complaining, mind you, just musing. But hey, I’m game to try it, if you are. I’ve ordered 10 purple bracelets, and I’m going to wear one. I’m willing to mail out the other nine to LJ friends who want to join me in the challenge. We’ll blog about our efforts to fashion a complaint-free world, one purple bracelet and one day at a time.
(Psst! If you’re not into public accountability, you can secretly order any number of them from the organization’s website.)