It’s New Year’s Eve and tomorrow is January 1st … the start of a New Year!
What better time than to ‘take stock’ of each day and record something for which you’re grateful – for which you are thankful – for which you feel blessed.
The ‘something’ can be a biggie or insignificant. It can be an emotion, an experience, a relationship, a gift (received/given), an insight. It can be something someone did for you or something you did for another but in the doing, you were grateful to be part of it. It can be a memory, a conversation, a quotation, an image, a book you’ve read, a song you’ve heard, a visit with a friend, a piece of music that stirred you.
It can be a blog, a photo, a political decision, something that happened at work, a word spoken that touched your heart/spirit/mind, a colour with special significance, an ability that you’ve taken for granted most days, an experience, a walk you took, a moment in Nature.
It can be … anything!
Here’s how it works. Take a jar – or a bowl with a lid – new, used, broken, whatever! Inside the jar, each day before going to bed, write a little note indicating the date and whatever it is you’re thankful for. Put the note into the jar and don’t look at it … until December 31st of next year. 🙂
And then, on the last day of the year, in a quiet moment, sit, open the jar and read about your year that has just passed.
Sometimes, we forget the blessing, the joys, the love around us, the moments that touch us because we focus on the yuck-of-life.
Sometimes, we ignore the wonders of the world around us, the things we take for granted, and focus our attention on the hurts and concerns.
Sometimes, we forget the things that put a smile on our face because we are upset and angry.
And sometimes we are in too much of a hurry to slow down and simply say ‘thank you.’ Meister Eckhart (von Hochheim) was born around 1260 and died around 1328. Theologian, philosopher and mystic, he wrote that “if the only prayer you utter is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” Gratitude – an attitude of thankfulness – can bring blessings to our lives in ways we can’t even begin to ask or imagine.
A New Year begins and with it, an opportunity to open the door to possibilities. One possibility-door is to experience each day from a posture of gratitude – an attitude of thankfulness.
It’s easy to do and only takes a few moments of time. Then, at the end of the year, when the Gratitude Jar is opened, the slips of paper will reveal a plethora of reminders of a year where every day, there was at least one thing which tugged at your heart/mind/spirit to write it down, remember it and give thanks.
So how about getting out a pen and paper and a jar and get started on your Gratitude / Today I Am Thankful Jar. Today. 🙂
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