One of my yearly challenges this year was the Smile Jar. A beautiful idea in theory. You add a penny every time something makes you smile, and it helps you to realise that life isn’t so bad after all.
I bought an extra large jar…
…and decorated it with a colourful label…
…I established a collection of pennies.
And then I waited for the new year.
Half way through January 1st I encountered a problem. I had no idea how many times I had smiled. I know a lot of things had made me smile, but what were they? How many things?
By half way through January 2nd I was completely flustered. I couldn’t keep track. I suppose there is a challenge/positive benefit itself in focusing on your own facial expressions – but all it was doing was winding me up. I like to keep track of things. I have lists, and plans, and plans for lists. Not being able to keep track of this was likely to drive me bananas.
And so, as apparently has become tradition, I have given up on one my yearly challenges.
I will be trying to recognise when I smile more though, and what I smile about 🙂