Smile Jar Strife

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…

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…and decorated it with a colourful label…

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…I established a collection of pennies.

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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 🙂



About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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