Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Project Blessing


“The Lord bless you and keep you . . .” Num 6:24 NIV

I came across a blog yesterday called The Happiness Project, written by Gretchen Rubin. Here’s what the side bar on her blog says–“The Happiness Project is the account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. Here, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project.”

That caught my interest. After all, who doesn’t want to be happy? So I clicked over there and read. She has a book, a blog and daily happiness moments you can have delivered right to your inbox.

A little way down on her blog, she has an interview with Margaret Roach who was part of the Martha Stewart Omnimedia and left Success in the Big City to garden. (I haven’t read her blog yet, but as a small time gardener, I intend to.) 

While the Happiness Blog was more than worth the time I spent reading it, one statement in the Roach interview stopped me.  

To the question–

Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness?
Margaret Roach answered, “A very close friend says I am not Type A, but AAA. Even since I left my “successful” career a few years ago to live in my rural garden, away from the city and largely in solitude, I remain inclined to take on too much. It’s something I have to note daily, and work on still. Overdoing leaves insufficient time for savoring.”

Did you pick up on that? Overdoing leaves insufficient time for savoring.

I haven’t read the book, haven’t decided if I want to invest the time and dollars to read it. But I started wondering, how hard is it for most people to recognize when they’re happy? 

And when you come right down to it, how hard is it for people to recognize when they receive a blessing?

Think about it.

When the Creator of the universe, God, who spoke everything that is or was or will ever be into existence gives you (out of approximately 6,890,309,333 living people on this planet) a blessing, do you recognize it?

Do you savor it? 

Do you remember it?

Maybe we should all start our own project–a blessing project, of sorts–where we take note of our blessings, collect, appreciate and savor them. Keep them close to our hearts.

And thank HIM for them.

What out of the blue blessing have your received recently?


The bald eagle that flew overhead on my way home from church yesterday. (This isn’t mine, but I was driving and couldn’t focus to take a picture.)

Riker, everyone’s little blessing at the office.

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

6 thoughts on “Project Blessing

  1. no problem. I know i am the most fortunate person to have ever lived on this big blue ball we call Mother Earth.

  2. no, lucky is a gambling term, used often in generic ways. Fortunate, maybe; remember when we talked about footsteps? Even the term Blessed is not appropriate. We all take the journey of life, through no chose of our own. Circumstance may make the trail, we can camp or move on.
    I told my neice about your site. You two would make good friends. She is an artist too. Her name on fb is Teresa Elaine Walls Danyear.

    • Thank you for telling your niece about STW. Hope it’s not a disappointment. (I always worry I won’t be able to think of anything else to write about.)
      I like your analogy about circumstance making the trail but it’s up to us whether we camp or move on. Nice.
      I don’t want to be preachy, but good and perfect gifts come from God. And that is a true blessing.
      And to reword my comment about you being lucky, I’m glad you recognize the good things you experience–and share them with the rest of us Spit and Whittlers.

  3. I used to feel a bit guilty when I would just sit & enjoy the sunrise or sunset ~ especially when there was housework that still needed to be done. But, now I do try to sit & savor the beauty God has bestowed upon us. Whenever we went for a ride with Mother, she always pointed out some “pretty” that God had made ~ whether it was an especially interesting or pretty cloud, a wildflower or a redbird. Blessings are everywhere around us ~ it is up to us to choose to acknowledge them. 😉

  4. I find it easier to be content these days. A while back, I was driving up our hill just before sunset; it was pretty; the windows were down; and a hawk was circling over the valley. And it just hit me that I couldn’t want to be anywhere else doing anything else. I have every important thing I ever wanted right now. There are still the daily frustrations, but they’re easier to keep in perspective these days.

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