I’ve nearly completed five months of my second year trying to live “complaint-free”. I cannot say that this year has been a rousing success. In fact, I seem to be losing ground. If this were AA, I would not be getting a token. But I’m still plugging away. My eyes open wide and I leave every encounter asking myself if I have given joy to the person at the receiving end. Often the answer rings out clear: Yes. Sometimes, though, I have to admit that I have not — that I need a refresher course in non-violent communication. I go back and play the videos of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg (free on you-tube) and contrast what he describes with what I have put forth. I learn. I strive. Five months down; and I’m still putting my best foot forward. I count that as a partial victory, and leave myself in play.