In her first book on happiness, Gretchen Rubin has a whole chapter promoting the idea that we lose out on happiness because we try to be who we think we ought to be rather than who we are. That's why I kept my copy of Ulysses on my bookshelf years after graduate school...because I ought to be the person who rereads James Joyce's incredible novel--the greatest novel ever written--every year.
But in truth, I'm a person who rereads Pride and Prejudice and The Lord of the Rings every year. I'm deep, but in an "Eliza Bennett meets pointy-eared elvish lords who ride horses named Asfaloth" kind of way, not a "sad man avoids home for the day because his wife is having an affair" way.
When we moved, I carted Ulysses to Salvation Army because Gretchen Rubin told me I would be happier if I would just Be Susan. And since my bookshelves are no longer double-stacked and look so much tidier, I actually am happier.
Thank you, Gretchen.
What, you might be pondering, does this have to do with stamping? While I've seriously purged my stamp hoard in the past three years, I've clung tenaciously to stamps that I think I ought to love, including an alarming number of office-supply-themed stamps. Some work for me, but most don't. I try to use them and am rarely truly happy with the results.
I decided to pull out my old SU sets Stamp of Authenticity and Office Accoutrements one last time, expecting to once again disappoint myself and finally let go of them (except for the library card stamp...which I want to be buried with, for obvious reasons). I made this.
Dang it. I like it. It looks like I made it. But I think I'll still have the strength to say goodbye to the stamps anyway.
What stamps are you holding on to because you feel like you ought to love them? Do you, really? What's the worst thing that will happen if you let them go? How can you be happier stamping by being you?
stamps: SU Stamp of Authenticity, Office Accoutrements; Papertrey Papertray
accessories: file label punch, dimensional