A foolish project
Start a huge, foolish project
It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.
I've been taking this really great online class, Start a Foolish Project, with Andrea Scher. The idea was to say YES to a project that INSPIRES and DELIGHTS me, and to do it for the JOY of it! I'm so glad I jumped in!
My warm-up activity was the Take What You Need experiment (image below). I am happy to report that all of the paper slips were pulled at the sign posted at my nearby market. I nearly jumped up and down clapping my hands the first time I walked by and some were gone. ;-)
My final project was to organize a neighborhood potluck picnic. The DH (dear hubby) and I are relatively new here and I wanted to get to know more neighbors. This was the project that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I'm a sociable person, but I had to be brave going door to door to introduce myself and hand out the invitations. I dressed carefully, put on my best smile and headed out. My opening line, "Hi! I'm Stephanie, your neighbor..." speaks to my nerves. Would they even open the door? Think I was a solicitor? Ultimately, I found great value in this invitation process. I met four new neighbors and learned that two of them have lived here for some time and yet didn't know many people. That validated my cause.
Last Sunday evening was the picnic potluck. We met in the nearby park. I took over vases of flowers from the gardens. I pulled out pretty tablecloths, but aside from that, this was simple because I chose to host in a public space (I highly recommend!). Nonetheless, I had to remain calm as I made my way there and spied another neighborhood group using the picnic tables I had desired (in the shade). I had been watching the tables for a month...no one ever used them, not once! Fortunately, there was another table available and we set up a portable table and carried on. We had a lovely time with 12 of us in attendance. I know these neighbors by name now. We shared food and smiles, and that is foolish magic!