Over at The Penny Project Facebook page today, there was a nod to one of the world’s greatest authors, Dr. Seuss.
“BE who you ARE, and say what you feel, because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Seuss ~~So do what you do & find what you find. Shout, “PENNY!” with glee…who cares if “they” mind?! Life is too short not to holler & play. So how will YOU make the most of today?!
It’s almost impossible not to be in a good mood when you think about the world Dr. Seuss created in his books. Whimsical, fun & full of adventure. Although sometimes the places you’ll go on your adventure will be a bit daunting and might stop you dead in your tracks for awhile.
That is what happened when I sat down with my one employee (otherwise known as my mom) to plot a path for The Penny Project in 2011. A total ker-plunk. No sizzle. No juice. Not even a penny’s worth.
At first it was disheartening. Frustrating. Infuriating, even! Where did all the zip & heart I have for this project go?! And why, when I FINALLY have someone willing to help me move it forward can I not conjure up what I need to in order to get us moving?
But then, in Dr. Seuss-like form…our ‘Booooos’ turned to ‘Yahooooos’ and something magical happened.
And now, with some help from Dr. Seuss himself (from his book The Places You’ll Go), I’ll recount the tale and the lesson we learned. Just another day in the life of a penny enthusiast! 🙂
The Places Pennies Will Help You Go…
“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups & Hang-ups can happen to you.”
And so it happened when my mom came to help. “I have no ideas!” I cried with a yelp.
We’d carved out some time to kick it into high gear. To plan Penny Project success for the coming year.
“Boy-oh-boy!!” I’d thought when the idea was planned. But when we sat down to do it, we felt stagnant & canned.
No “boy-oh-boy” showed up on that day. It was more like a Grinch-like place of dismay.
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
We tried & we tried. We gave all we had. We got nowhere fast…and then we were sad. Is this what it’s like to work on something you love? Does making it “work” feel like you’re getting a shove? Or a kick in the pants or being dragged up a hill? Like your ideas and your thoughts add up to nil?
Well…that’s how it felt to us.
Until Mom was stuck by a flash of A-HA!. “What if we’re not supposed to plan anything at all? What if we have fun and see where it goes? What if we let it naturally unfold? Isn’t that how the whole thing got started? Why has that theory up & departed? Could that be our way to success? Not normal or standard…but it’s how we work best!”
“Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.”
Well…I DID always want to be on Oprah.
So we set aside our markers and pens…and let go of our concepts of losses & wins. Instead we just played and did what was fun…cutting clips from magazines that could inspire someone! We flipped & we snipped for hours on end. Now THIS is how to make progress, my friend!!
And so there we were, at the end of the day. Vision boards complete, having done nothing but PLAY!
We laughed our good-byes and vowed to do it again…but how would we count this? A loss or a win? Could life be so simple and lived with such ease? Could we really just play & do as we please? Would such practices bring a great life with success or would we end up just creating a mess?
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
And so we concurred that such was the plan. To just get on going & to see where we land. If the journey is joy-filled and causes minimal fuss, ANY destination is just fine with us!