Some of my favorite bracelets.


It’s not that I aspire to be Xena, Warrior Priestess, with my armbands and steel brassiere. (Okay, maybe I do, but that’s beside the point.) It’s a challenge I’m taking. Some people refer to it as the “Bracelet Challenge,” but I’m not using it in quite the same way as Pastor Will Bowen (A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted) who started it with the idea that you wear a small purple bracelet on one wrist for a straight 21 days and every time you catch yourself complaining, you switch to the other wrist and start over. There’s nothing new about that but it’s a little different twist on the usual version of “bracelets.”

For years, people have worn loose rubber bands on one wrist and snapped them (slap your own hand!) whenever they committed some awful habit they wanted to break. Cursing, for example. Or a certain phrase. Or a rude remark about their ex. (snap-snap-snap-ouch!-SNAP!)The difference, to me, with Pastor Bowen’s technique is the switching the bracelet from one wrist to another. Something about that resonates with me, though I really don’t care for the purple bracelet…maybe because other people are using the purple bracelet and I like something unique to me….

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