Funny thing happened a few days ago on my Losing My Ungrateful Mind Journey. I thought I had an original idea. I was so proud of myself, doing research, making lists, exploring possibilities and such, when I came across an intriguing book and website, The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Arghhhh… “Are you kidding me?” Boy, was my bubble busted. My project was almost a mirrored image of hers. The only exception was she was working on her happiness while I was working on my thankfulness.
Originally I had planned to entitle my journey, The Thankful Project…My Search to Find Something to be Thankful for Daily. My intention was to do this for a year. I wanted to publish it to a blog to hold myself accountable not only to myself but to followers as well. Fearing if I didn’t, the project would fade over time and just be an unfinished blueprint left rolled up on a table somewhere.
I got the idea after watching the Meryl Streep movie, Julie/Julia. In the movie the character Julie, decided over the course of a year she would cook something out of Julia Child’s cookbook daily and write a blog about it. She did this to hold herself accountable. (Great movie that I highly recommend). After watching the movie I decided I would do something similar. I needed a project and this seemed doable.
After stumbling upon The Happiness Project, I considered throwing in the towel. Why start something that had already been done? Yes, my project was a little different I argued to myself…the main difference was my word “Thankful” and her word “Happiness.” What to do? What to do? Then a light bulb went off…”Jennifer, you are doing this for YOU. You are not doing this expecting a movie deal, a book contract, or a phone call from Oprah! Why would you quit before you even started?” Good point. The only disappointment I suffered was the realization that my idea was still my idea (in my own mind at least), but someone else had beat me to the starting line.
I had to remember that my reason was personal…it is a trip of a lifetime. It is a search to better myself, to bring myself closer to my God and Creator, and to have a change in attitude. I can still take the journey…I’m packing…I’m waving…I’m out the door!