Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.
I am so not like my dog.
- I’m not spontaneous.
- I over think things.
- I don’t play enough.
- I spend far too much time in front of screens.
- I’m not fuzzy.
Well, maybe I am like Honey in the last way. My legs won’t be seeing a razor again for at least six months.
But other than that, I really need to get my Golden Retriever going on. That’s why I started writing The Puppiness Project two years ago.
Learning From My Dog
Many of us lead lives disconnected from reality.
We work indoors and check the weather by watching television or going online. We use our brains more than our bodies. And we over think everything instead of just taking action and moving on.
We can learn much from our dogs who are gloriously connected to their bodies, expressive, and live in the moment.
Honey has a lot to teach me. If I only remember to pay attention.
What has Honey taught me lately? That it’s time to stop writing the Puppiness Project posts.
It’s Feeling Old and Tired
When I decided to write a weekly post on things I learn by watching Honey, I didn’t know how long I could go. I wrote down 25 ideas for posts before starting and thought I might have 6 months of lessons to write about.
I surprised myself by continuing for 2 years and writing 90 posts.
But lately, I’ve felt less enthusiastic about writing my Puppiness Project posts. I feel like I’m repeating myself. I’m uninspired.
I’d tell myself it was time to stop. But someone would tell me it was their favorite series and I’d keep going.
Plus I’m inertia girl. I find it hard to start new projects. But once I get going, it’s hard to stop.
And finally, I seem to think everything has to be just a bit uncomfortable. My husband told me yesterday that my comfort zone is whenever I’m out of my comfort zone. So if something feels hard, I assume it’s supposed to be that way.
Gretchen Rubin Has Moved On
Even my inspiration for the series, Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, is no longer current.
Rubin has a new book out—Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. She has moved on. It’s time for me to move on too.
Where? I don’t know.
I love getting life lessons from my dog. I’ll probably do something similar to the Puppiness Project but with a different spin. Who knows? Maybe I’ll
shamelessly steal another idea from create another homage to Gretchen Rubin.
What do you think of Puppier at Home?
How Honey Taught Me To Let Go
Okay, so what does all this have to do with Honey? After all, this is a dog blog.
Honey responds when something is uncomfortable. She doesn’t keep doing something without addressing it.
If she’s lonely, she crawls into my lap. If she’s scared, she runs away. If she’s hungry, she barks at me for a snack or to remind me it’s dinner time.
Something in my body is telling me it’s time to say goodbye to The Puppiness Project. So I’m going to be like Honey and listen to that message.
It’s easy to keep doing the same thing. But if I keep doing the same thing, I’ll never make room for something new.
Goodbye Puppiness Project
I’ve enjoyed writing these posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.
Go back and enjoy some of your favorite Puppiness Project posts while I look for an inspiring new idea.
It’s time for me and Honey to create a little mischief while I wait for her to give me a new idea.