Saturday, June 23, 2007
Gel Wristbands make a difference
I've been wearing that rubber wristband. You know . . you've seen various shades of the rainbow on peoples wrists. Some yellow, some blue, some pink and the one I wear is purple. They're meant to support or keep you mindful of different things.
The pink wristband is made by the Breast Cancer Society.
They provide information, care and advice to anyone in the US who is affected by breast cancer. They help more than one million people every year.
The pink band has the words 'support, knowledge, strength' written on it, which reflects what the charity is about.
The yellow Livestrong wristband was set up by American cyclist Lance Armstrong to increase awareness of cancer.
The cyclist was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain when he was 25.
After chemotherapy he went on to win the 1999 Tour de France and has won it six years in a row.
Profits from the sales of the yellow bands go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation that helps young people with cancer and their families cope with the illness.
The white band comes in a variety of different rubber and fabric designs and is about bringing an end to world poverty.
The band's message says 'Make Poverty History' and the idea is that by wearing a white band, either round your wrist, arm or as a shoelace, you're supporting the campaign.
The bands can be bought from various charities, but they also suggest people make their own, as it is more about encouraging rich governments to drop the debt poor countries owe them, rather than raising money.
There are many others but the one that I've been wearing is purple.
The basic idea is to go 21 days without complaining. It takes 21 days to create new neuro-pathways in our brain and through holding back gossip, sarcasm, and criticism it is possible to shift our outlook onto only the positive. When you catch yourself doing any of the above you are to shift your wristband to the other wrist and start over on your walk to 21 days.
The longest I've gone is 3 days. I'm definitely becoming a lot more mindful and less reactionary.This movement began with a front page article that ran in the Kansas City Star and was then published in newspapers all over the nation. Participants in the "Complaint-Free" movement wear purple bracelets that say spirit. Rev. Will Bowen, the leading proponent of the "Complaint-Free" Movement has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007. Over 2 million purple bracelets have been distributed to people so inspired by this idea.
If you're interested in finding more go to the link below.
Enjoy the journey