“Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.” –Heidi Johnson
It’s been a month now since I began Penny Experiment working on it when I could during my spare time. When I started this Penny Experiment, I did so on the spur of the moment, not thinking through how much time and effort it would take. Once I began to consider possible ways to actually reach the goal of giving $1 million worth of food to food banks, I flat out asked myself, “what the hell have you gotten yourself into?”
Despite coming back to this question on more than a few occasions over the past 30 days, I think that Penny Experiment has made tremendous progress (although there is still a long, long way to go). It started with a found penny on the ground and the idea that a penny had more worth than most people thought.
Not only does it blow me away that I have turned that original penny into $1009 during the past month, but even more mind boggling is that 100 different artists wanted to participate in the experiment. This is especially true since I have absolutely no background in art or any connections to the art community and I have never met a single artist that is participating except online.
No matter where Penny Experiment goes from here, I will consider it a success. $1000 worth of food, at the very minimum, will be going to food banks in the coming months that would not be happening if I had chosen not to act. That is the lesson that I’m learning from this entire experience thus far: I should act a lot more often than I do rather than try to plan everything out before beginning. The truth is, if I had sat down and tried to figure out how to turn a penny into $1 million worth of food and not just started, nothing would have ever come of it. Sometimes it is important to commit to doing something even before you know how you are going to accomplish it.
While this experiment is still in its beginning stages, it’s reached the point where I can actually start to do the good that I had hoped to accomplish. The next month should see the beginning of donating the food purchased to the food banks and that is definitely something that is exciting to look forward to.