335 days without yelling, 30 days of loving more to go!
Note: My husband wrote the following unbeknownst to me. I didn’t ask him to write it, he just surprised me with it on our wedding anniversary as a nod to my upcoming 1 year anniversary of not yelling. I was floored and touched and so many other wonderful feelings too! I hope his insight into the impact of the challenge touches your hearts as well. And babe (that would be my husband) I can’t say thank you enough for this kind, loving gesture.
Dear Faithful Orange Rhino Readers,
This is a message from the Green Turtle (aka: The Orange Rhino’s Husband). I am writing because the 1st year of the Orange Rhino challenge is coming to an end and I need your help to commemorate the year. I could write endlessly about the positive effects of the Orange Rhino Challenge, however, I’m told these posts are best when kept short and sweet…and that my wife is incapable of the short part! So I’ll be brief for her. To that end…. The Orange Rhino Challenge has had a profound impact on many lives….
1) Our Household is different and better place because of the no yelling decree. My incredible wife has not yelled (seriously). I’ve taken the challenge more times than I can count. Sadly, I haven’t gone more than 30 days without yelling. Let’s face it, not yelling is HARD. However, because of our commitment to replace ANGER and YELLING with LOVE and UNDERSTANDING the OR+GT household is a better, happier, more positive, place.
2) Our marriage is better. Let’s face it, marriage is HARD. However, because we created an environment of love and understanding we’ve also created an environment of COMMUNICATION, RESPECT and PATIENCE. I can’t speak for anyone else, but replacing the negatives with the positives is wonder natural elixir. The past 330+ days have been some of the best days of our marriage (honeymoon aside).
3) Your lives are better. I don’t profess to know many members of the Orange Rhino Community. However, on occasion, my wife shares a story about someone who has taken the challenge and has remarked about the positive improvements to their lives. To me, that’s what the Orange Rhino Challenge is all about. It’s not only about not yelling. It’s about taking the best things in our lives (Spouse, Children, Friends, Love) and embracing these wonderful gifts. It’s about not taking the EASY road and reverting to anger. It’s about making a COMMITMENT to be a better person, to be a better parent, to be a better friend and a be a better spouse. Many of you have embraced this challenge and stories & anecdotes indicate you’re happy you did it.
So, in conclusion, I am a proud member of the Orange Rhino Community and I am an incredibly proud husband of the woman who challenged all of us to replace ANGER with LOVE.
As this year comes to an end, I would like to do something to celebrate the success of the Orange Rhino and I NEED YOUR HELP. I am making a craft project of pictures, anecdotes and quotes from the past year. If you have a something you want to share in celebration of the Orange Rhino Challenge would you send it to me? I can be reached at GTurtle.ORhino@gmail.com.