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The … what??
What the …
Of all the …
You’ve gotta be …
But I thought …
Oh for …
Well I never …
And it seemed like such a promising day today and everything …
Take a deep breath.
This is not the end of the world here. Lots of people are happy and do happy things and … happy project things and … A BOOK? Called The Happiness Project??
** short break to get a grip **
OK. I’m back.
I made a whole bowl of popcorn, dripping in butter … and ate the whole thing. THAT made me happy. Emotional eating, you say? Oh, well, maybe just a little …
Suffice it to say I had not heard of Gretchen Rubin before now. And it appears that there is a book named The Happiness Project. A very popular book. Well, that isn’t the Happy Holly Project, right? … I mean, its more like a general happiness project, right?
A short while ago I got an email from my friend Jeanne. She had seen my Happy Facebook Postings about my Happy Holly Project and all the Happy Happy Things that I have done in the last month. Today actually is the start of the fifth week of this for me.
And she took the liberty of sending me a message with the subject line “Book”. And inside a picture of the Book. No words. Just “Book”.
Book? There is a Book?
I immediately picked up the phone and called my friend Ann … you know … Ann … of the “I have a great idea for you” Ann?
A few minutes and one “Well, I HAVE heard of the book, but I never really read it …” comment from her and I turned to Google for more information.
(Note to Self: Cancel plans for Statue / Plaque in honor of Ann for her totally original idea.)
With more than a little fear and trepidation, I went out and Googled “The Happiness Project”. Yep. A Book.
Well, as it turns out there is not only a BOOK, there is a site, a huge following, a page-a-day calendar, a blog, a Facebook Page, several knockoffs, a newsletter, directions and a TOOLBOX, for goodness sake.
As I saw the Google tag line about “365 days … my blog … book” my heart sank. She has done this same thing, right? I might as well stop then, right? Just quit, right? After all …
And my mind flashed back to the early 1980’s when I was taking a year off work after the birth of my second daughter. I felt it would be good for her, would enable quality time with my oldest daughter, and give me lots of time to indulge in my hobby of the time … needlework … embroidery. All kinds. Pulled thread, cross stitch, knotwork, needlepoint, bargello, crewel, and on and on and on.
At the time it occurred to me to combine my two passions … needlework and antique board games … since I have had a love of all things board game, and the artistic look of the boards, since being in the Chess Club in High School.
So, I went to not a little effort and put together ideas for kits … which would include all the materials to stitch an antique board game … suitable for framing … or playing … and the kit would include not only the materials and directions to make the board, but also a frameable History of the game (hand calligraphy by yours truly) and Instructions on how to play each game, and Game Pieces which were contained in a Tin, designed to look antique-y.
It was named Teetotem Tapestry and had several “sections” of games by type or style … like “Huff and Mill Emporium” (game terms for the games in that group) and “The Brandywine Collection” (colors of the day) … and I made samples, and … well, spent a lot of time and effort, shall we say.
At one point I needed a skein of something or another and went to a small shop in town that had agreed to carry my product once I had it all put together. And on the rack was a cheesy kit … of cross stitch … of a Chess / Checker Board with quilt block designs.
My heart sank. Someone else was doing Chess Boards.
Forget the fact that they were of a totally different style and had none of the quirky “go along” things I had designed. Someone else was doing something similar to my idea.
So I went home, brokenhearted at being a day late and a dollar short, so to speak … put it all away… and never pursued it again.
That was a long time ago … I had just turned thirty … and I had not yet discovered the truth of “there is no such thing as an original idea” or “there is room in the world for two people doing the same thing” … I was just stunned.
And I let it stop me from doing something that was giving me a great deal of joy.
Hmmm. Was there a lesson to be learned there that could be applied today?
So, fear not, dear reader … I will indeed continue to do my daily blog entries after having scoured the day for yet another activity in the year-long quest for daily happiness and humor.
Close as I can tell, everyone is entitled to be happy … with or without a blog.
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For what it’s worth, I think the Happy Holly Project sounds wonderful!
And also very different from Gretchen Rubin’s project 🙂
happy holly project said:
Thanks, Laura! You are too kind. When my friend Jeanne read this entry, she called to assure me she meant nothing badly from it … she had been standing laughing hysterically in a bookstore and quickly took the pic as onlookeres wondererd what was so funny … and she suggested that I NOT go out there to read the book … lest it change the way I write … lol … Like you, she also said my efforts here are quite different from Gretchens Happiness Project. I guess I’ll die and never know … “
Holly Maddex – Thanks again Leigha!!! You can tell the kids aren’t used to all of those marshmallows! The engrey was pretty high! We all had the giggles! It was so much fun!! Xo