(This article also appears in Hungarian. A cikk magyar változatáért kattintsatok ide: 5 lépés, ami bolodgabbá tesz minket: 1. Egy nap panaszkodás nélkül )
Two years ago a Belorussian friend of us traveled with his bicycle from Sweden to Portugal. He stayed a few weeks with us. Everyday he made walks in the valley and visited people. On the door of an older woman, that lives close to the river, he discovered a little plate saying: One day without complaining. Try and it will change your life.
This is one of our most favourite stickers. We designed it inspired by the sentence our friend discovered on the door of the older lady.
He told us about it and we liked it a lot. The next day we directly tried. And it is true, it changed our lives. Since that we did it many times. Let us tell you about one day, we still remember very good:
It was spring in Portugal and we had decided , to try to live together with bees. We wanted to built their home, a bee box, that allowed us to take only the overproduction of the honey and let the bees overwinter with their own honey, without the need to give additional sugar.
For building the inside of the box, we needed a very special little drill head. We went to the construction market closeby, but they did not have it. So we had to drive 30 km to the next town.
We were disappointed. We came up a little bit too late with the whole idea and every day the bees could started to swarm. We needed to finish the box and did not have the time to drive around looking for the drill head.
But with the idea of a day without complaining in our mind, we decided not to be frustrated about things you could not change anyway and focus instead on the moment, on the things you can still do.
So we drove to the next construction market, but we arrived a few minutes too late. It was already siesta, the two hours long lunch brake, that you will find everywhere in Portugal and Spain. So it was over. We would for sure not finish the box on this day.
But on a day without complaining, what you want to do in such a situation?
Making the best out of the moment!
For long time we wanted to make an exhibition of our photos and the paintings of Zoé. This was the opportunity to ask for it. We went to the town hall. We were lucky, they were still working and even better, they loved the idea. We got not only the exhibition, but could participate on the city fest, and got the opportunity to spread our PresentBox and our flower gecko all over the city.. The LoveRevolution was born.
Be the change, be a lion with flower in the hair!
We love the idea of a day without complaining, because it is simple, easy to do and change your way of thinking for a day. You are much more conscious about your feelings and reactions and you directly reflect on them. You see much more clear what things annoy you, disappoint you, make you sad or angry, and you let go of these feelings. You realize that you have a choice, instead of reacting negative on an event, you can just smile, be open and let life surprise you.
And after you made it for one day, why would you stop? Actually you can make a life without complaining. A life where every disadvantage can be turned to an advantage.
We think, one day without complaining change the world. For that we spread this message wherever we go. Here on a parking of a supermarket close to the Balaton.
Hugs and kisses,
Zoé and Joshua