Last year someone recommended starting a gratitude jar with the start of the new year. I wrote things I was grateful for on little slips of pretty paper starting on January 1, 2013, and into the jar they went.
I read the contents of the jar yesterday evening: New Year’s Eve 2013. Counting my blessings from 2013 seems an excellent way to end the year and to begin a new one. I ended up with 139 entries from throughout the year, which is an entry every ~2.5 days.
I thought about sharing some of the more meaningful ones to Facebook or Twitter as I read them. I quickly realized that not too many people would be interested in reading them. Many of my gratitude entries were of the mundane sort. One day I was grateful for toaster waffles…
But that’s the point! We often forget those little blessings in our life. We take for granted the little things that bring a smile or contribute to our happiness.
My main conundrum has been what to do with those 139 pieces of paper? Part of me says to start fresh and throw the old ones out. Another part says it would be tragic to throw out so many little pieces of positivity.
After pondering about this for a bit, I came upon a solution. I’m going to slide the gratitude entries into my journals. Whenever I go back to read the journals, there will be little pieces of gratitude distributed among the pages regardless of the other things I have written about (i.e. not always sun and roses). Even in the darkest depths of what I write about in my journal, there will be that spark of positivity nearby.
I like that idea.
I’m going to continue this tradition into 2014. I’ve already got something in the jar! It feels pretty good to start the new year with gratitude.
Happy New Year!