My friend Carol found this idea on facebook and posted it (see her blog below). I am IN!
It is easy to focus on the not so great things that pile up and remember them at the end of the year. God knows 2012 was pretty memorable in a lot of HUGELY not so great ways but what about the moments I celebrated and savored? Did I lose too many of them in the aftermath of sadness and remorse and tragedy?
I am READY to make sure that a year from now when I sit down with a glass (a bottle?) of fine wine and go through my
January Jar and read each moment that I celebrated and savored and perhaps forgot, it will make the year much more special to me.
A few weeks ago just after Carol's blog, I read a book of Amish fiction, written by Tricia Goyer — The Memory Jar.
In the book . . .
Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them.
Do you blog or journal? After reading The Memory Jar, you might be inspired to carry your memories in a jelly jar. A memory jar is quite simply a place to store small items that will help you to remember. A lock of hair from your baby’s first haircut, a dried flower from the roses your husband gave you, or as, in Sarah’s case, a piece of quartz to help you remember the night a handsome Amish man rescued you when you were lost in the woods.
My January Jar is a new tradition (I don't do resolutions per se) A new way of remembering. I have decided to keep my memories written down on small pieces of paper. As events happen I know I don’t want to forget, I’ll jot a note down and then put it in my memory jar. I will also keep trinkets and items such as Sarah did in the book.
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise regularly, drink more water, or any of those other promises no one ever keeps . . . perhaps you’ll resolve to remember in the coming year. Savor the moments, tuck them away in your special jar, and then bring them out next year on New Year’s Eve.
It’s not important what kind of jar you use — an old mason jar, a coffee can you were going to throw away, a shoebox, or plastic bowl with a lid even. What’s important is to remember. To write down those things that make you laugh . . . or cry. Perhaps a Scripture that brought you through a tough day, a funny thing your child said, or a simple gesture that blessed you.
You could save your memories written on paper, as I will do, or you can save those items that will remind you of your special moments — ticket stubs, a piece of wrapping paper, a dried flower . . .
The important thing is to treasure every day, for surely they are fleeting. Those difficult hours and tough days, soon become years passing all too quickly. It’s important to remember those simple moments. Creating a memory jar may help you do just that.
Celebrate and savor moments any way you can because sometimes that is all we have.
Thank you Carol! Maybe we'll do one of our marathon phone calls and read them together!