I’ve seen photos of these around New Years in previous years, thought they looked like a neat idea but never attempted it myself. This year I changed my mind. 2014 was a rough year, as I wrote about in Kicking 2014 Goodbye. We also had a lot of good things that happened throughout the year, including a vacation to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and a weekend spent with my sister and two cousins we traveled with often growing up. A granddaughter was born in December. Those are the big things. We all remember the big things, but I know there were a lot of small, minor tidbits of happiness that have long been forgotten.
That is why this year I decided to start a Good Things Jar. I purchased a large canning jar, typed up a label for it and placed it on our kitchen counter. I then inserted several notes from the days that had already gone by since January 1st. I started this when my husband, Ron, was in the hospital for his surgery. I didn’t mention it to him, and now that he is home he hasn’t asked about it. He can put things into it too. I should mention it, because his good things may be quite different from mine based on the fact that he is quite often out shooting photographs all day while I am at work.
It will be interesting to see how full the jar is by the end of the year. I have read about people starting these but then not keeping them up. When you begin to jot down the miscellaneous good things that happen it is amazing how many things happen on a day-to-day basis that we don’t put emphasis on. For example in my jar already I have the celebration of my grandson, Corbin’s birthday, which was done late so his brother could be there. My daughter, Caroline and her boyfriend, Rob, came over and ran the snow-blower and cleared the front porch and sidewalk of snow while Ron was in the hospital. I included the day of Ron’s surgery that the procedure was successful, and of course a note the day he came home from the hospital.
Some of these things I will remember at the end of the year, some would be forgotten. It will be interesting on December 31st to dump out my jar of notes and enjoy the memories. I have read where people frequently keep the jars so they can re-open and read the notes in later years if they choose. I will take my notes at the end of the year and put them onto a scrapbook page and they will be permanently saved in a scrapbook.
The year is still new. Maybe you should consider making a Good Things Jar. If you have done this in the past I would love to hear your comments about it. If you haven’t are you now considering starting one? We should all focus on the Good Things in our lives.