Friday, December 28, 2012
Wow! I started out writing this blog with every intention of looking forward to the New Year. Four words in, however, it had turned into the usual self-pitying drivel. Well, Iíve scrapped that. Iím not going there anymore. Well, I will probably go there, but if I do Iím grabbing myself by the scruff of the neck and dragging myself right back out.
Iíve fallen into the trap of counting the bad things in life instead of the good things. Iíll allow that the past four years have been pretty tough on me. Not as tough as a lot of people in this country, certainly not as tough as most of the people in the world have it all the time. But tough enough to make heavy sighs my reaction to almost everything.
Enough. Yep. There are more bad times on the horizon. There always are. So make the best of the times you have. Change the situation or change your attitude. Iím tired of my attitude. Exhausted by it! So it changes now.
I saw a thing on Pinterest : a gratitude jar. Every day you write something for which you are grateful and drop it in the jar, or write down something good or wonderful that happened and drop that in as well. Then on that yearís last day, you go through all the slips of paper and see what good and positive things have happened to you through the year.
This appeals to me.
I think I am going to do another jar as well, although this one will be backwards. I think Iíll fill a jar with things I want to get done and Iíll pull one out every Monday and try and have that done by the following Sunday at bedtime. Some are big, some are small, some, like painting the sheds, will have to wait for warm weather, so I guess that means Iíll have to make some ground rules about putting slips back. But I do think this will work better for me than that list on the refrigerator that you get so used to seeing, you stop seeing.
But those two jars on my bedside table might be a different matter. A way of looking forward rather than back. A way to make some changes I desperately need to make. Iíll let you know how this worked on New Yearís Eve, 2013