Week #52 – Endings and Beginnings (A big wave hello or goodbye?)
Greetings Happyness Tribe — and welcome to WEEK 52!!!
A year ago my world changed forever. And as friends, neighbors, colleagues, co-workers, service-providers, professionals, and other acquaintances lined up in their own distress and sadness to pay their respects…I recognized immediately that I was not alone. You had lost someone, too. Rob was important to all of us!
So, I pledged to deliver a little dose of him every Friday morning via this blog — along with a little challenge to keep things going. SpreadHappyness was born because I believed Rob’s legacy was his natural ability to spread happiness to anyone who crossed his path — and I didn’t think that had to die with him. I wanted to carry the torch forward — because cancer wasn’t the only thing that could spread. I knew happiness could, too!
Week #1 started with a challenge…and one of the things we all missed the most: His BIG WAVE hello!
Since then we have Spread Happyness the ways he showed us how: through big hellos, nicknames, music, long drives, looking ahead, looking back, breathing fresh air, riding the wave, giving to others, focusing on fun, celebrating our achievements, and having a Rob-Church-Kinda-Year!
The question is…what’s next?!
I’ll be honest with you — some people have told me to wrap this up. Others have told me to make this bigger. It’s easy for me to keep going…but this blog isn’t about me. It’s about YOU! All of you who loved Rob, all of you who miss him, all of you who are now just getting to know him: all of you who wish to spread a little happyness — just because he crossed your path!
So the question I’ve been pondering is this: Is this a BIG WAVE goodbye? Or a BIG WAVE hello?
Your assignment for this week: I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! I’m not tech savvy enough to set up a poll…but I would like to pose some questions to you here, and I invite you to respond to me in the way that works best for you. For those of you visiting this site — you can share your thoughts with me through the comments. If you’re receiving this through Facebook, you can reply there. (And if you want to have a private conversation — reach out to me and I’ll figure out a way to do that!) Your perspective is invaluable — and I’d love to know what you think!
(Here are some prompts — you certainly don’t have to answer all of them!)
- Is this the end — or just the beginning of SH?
- What do you like most/least about SH?
- What’s been most/least helpful to you?
- Are there features you wish SH had? (email list, social media links, FB group?)
- What content would you like to see?
- Have you recommended SH to others?
- How can I make SH better?
- How can we best carry the torch of Rob’s spirit forward?
- What blog topics would you like to see covered?
- How can SH help Spread MORE Happyness in the year ahead?
Whether I hear from you or not — and whether we continue or not — let me take this moment to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who logged on, followed along, shared your thoughts, supported the effort, and above all — who SPREAD HAPPYNESS this past year!!! At a time when it would have been easy to give up, you gave me something to do — and in the doing there was direction, and in the direction there was hope: one week at a time!
To life! To love! To Happyness!
With great love and affection for you all…
Grace (aka “Rob’s sister!”)
Spread Happyness — please share your thoughts in the comments!
9/11/15 by Grace Church
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