Sometimes you have to be able to switch what you're doing in mid-stream. You take a chance. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but you at least have to try.
That was the case with a group of us on Facebook who were reading The Happiness Project together. We would read a chapter and then share a goal we were going to work on that month. For the first six months, we were going pretty strong. People were involved and encouraged each other.
And then I think the motivation and excitement waned. It got to the point where the last time something was posted was late May, and that was by me. So, I started thinking about what to do. It was obvious that this course of action wasn't working any longer. However, I didn't want to lose contact with these wonderful women (I don't know why, but we didn't have any men join the group. Maybe they didn't want to be happy, who knows?).
I had two choices. Either disband the group or come up with something else to see if we could keep the group going in some way.
The first thing I did was change the name of the group to, "What are you reading?" Secondly, I changed the description to fit the new focus of the group. Third, I changed the cover photo. Lastly, I wrote a post to get the group's thoughts.
In 36 minutes, four people liked the idea and three commented. One is already in two book clubs and doesn't want to add a third but might drop in from time to time. The other two are in for sure. Hopefully, the rest of the members will continue and maybe we will even add others.
This experiment showed me once again that you have to be flexible. As was the case with our original intent, the purpose had run it's course. This is going to happen in life. The question is, how are we going to respond to it? We can look at it in the following ways:
1. Is the best course of action to walk away?
Sometimes it is just best to walk away. When something is done, it's done. There is no need to go back, because it doesn't serve a purpose. It might be painful at the time, but you know deep down that you're better off in the big picture. It doesn't make sense to continue when you've reached a dead end.
2. Should you keep at the same course of action and hope it revives?
Sometimes this works, because maybe you just need a break. When we get a vacation from it, that's all we need. We just needed a little time away to collect ourselves, realize how important it is to us, and we are ready to jump back in because we know it's worth it.
3. Do you take a big leap of faith and change things up?
Sometimes you have to make revisions, be flexible, and try something new. It's kind of like needing to breathe new life into an idea. We know the original idea is worth keeping, but we need to add to it or it isn't going to survive.
What these choices come down to is our investment. How invested are we in the idea, concept, project, etc? When it is meaningful to us, we will find a way to make it work. If it isn't, we will let it go.
The book group is important to me, because I like to know what others are reading. I like learning about new titles and genres. Sure, some are not going to strike a cord with me, but I know that I'm also going to be in for some surprises. And, I like surprises!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.