Now that 2016 is in full swing I hope it is unfolding well for everyone.
Perhaps some of you are struggling and this new year has not started as well as you had hoped. Personally I have been faced with a dear family member who has been rendered paralyzed for reasons unknown and there seems nothing can be done to change that. But through all this mystery and confusion, one thing I know for certain is that even though some days may be tougher than other, some sadder, some more painful; there is always something good to be found in each day. Simple things - the majesty of a beautiful sunrise, affection from a pet, the bright colour and hope that comes with a new flower blossom, a new and unexpected taste sensation, the mere act of taking a walk in nature - can have the ability to elevate ones consciousness and mood. Of course some reasons for our gratitude can be quite profound like love, hope, loyalty and kindness.
For that reason, I decided to start a gratitude jar for 2016 to remind myself of all the blessings, big and small, that I should take the time to enjoy and be thankful for. The idea is that each day, I take a brief moment to write down what exactly it is that occurred that day that made me stop and smile and appreciate.
My 17-year-old daughter saw me making my jar, asked what it was all about, decided it was a great idea and so she made her own jar. I love that she's aware of all her good fortune and wishes to honour them this way.
All you need is a clean and empty mason jar that you can decorate if you wish. There are some free printables on the world wide web for just such a project and you can find some pretty ones at Happi Empire and Christine Trevino. Choose either of these or do a google search of your own and find something you like, print it on a piece of sticker paper, cut to size and simply stick it on your jar. Or you can use a label maker if you have one, like my daughter and I did. Embellish your jar further if you wish using stickers, ribbons or whatever strikes your fancy but remember that by the end of the year the jar will be full of your gratitude notes and the important things are inside and not on the outside, (like most things of value). For my daughter's jar (pictured above) she added a pretty hair tie around the rim of the lid and attached a pen and some blank pieces of colourful origami paper that she had with a decorated clothes pin. She reckons that this way everything she needs is at her fingertips and there is nothing stopping her from capturing her joy and appreciation.
Every day take a piece of paper and write down something that happened that filled you with gratitude, however big or small that something may be.
At the end of the year you will have a lovely momento to cherish and read at your leisure.
Doing this will help you remember that: