A Complaint Free World – My sub-subtitle: Being spiritually open

I’ll tell you right off the hop… this book is Christian-leaning. This might turn you off… but I encourage you to be spiritually open to learn from many voices. With that in mind, let us carry on!

This little book called to me from the bookshelf of one of my favorite used bookstores. My guess is that it had a cover at one time but you know, the simple purple linen cover suits it. Published a decade ago, it was destined to become a classic. I would say a “cult” classic, if it weren’t for the fact it’s written by a Unity minister, Will Bowen. He might take umbrage at that description. Then again, maybe not. <shrug>

This book is about not complaining. The end. Ha! I crack me up.

It’s really about the steps you need to take… which are oh-so-simple and oh-so-difficult to master. I know… I tried it! 🙂

What’s being asked of you is to order (make, or buy from anywhere) a purple bracelet – I was unemployed at the time and short on funds, so I used a purple rubber band. Wear it on either wrist. No complaining for 21 days. Every time you do, change wrists and start over. Now, I don’t want to give away the complete program since you need to read the book… but I will share that Bowen says it takes most folks many consecutive tries to get to the 21 days. The average is 4 to 8 months. Me? I never got there. The longest I went was two weeks… after three months or so.

Then I got bored. Which brings up another point, perhaps best shared in a post of its own. Yes, I think so. We’ll come back the topic of boredom, especially as it relates to self-help, later.

The thing I loved about this book is that it’s simply written and easy to follow. And who doesn’t need to stop the habit — and it *is* a habit — of complaining? Also, it’s physically a small book, which makes it easy to carry with you. Finally, it has stayed with me (in my brain) years after reading it. I still complain… but nearly as much as I used to. And, I hear myself when I do. If it gets out of hand, I might get that rubber band out and start again.



  1. I love shopping at used bookstores. That’s where I do all my treasure hunting. I used to be a master complainer up until I met someone who was worse than me. Seeing someone else do the same thing as I used to really made me see how nasty the habit actually was.

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