Way back in the very beginnings of winter, or at the last dregs of the old year, depending on how you look at it, I decided to start a Chore Jar, filled with the things I needed to get done, and a Gratitude Jar : a jar I would fill every night with things for which I was grateful.
This is my Jar update.
Okay, the Chore Jar went out the window. Not literally, although it was a close-run thing. Actually, the chore jar never got off the ground. The depression it caused me just writing out all the things that needed to get done, followed by the logistics of how I would handle things like pulling out an outside job when we were butt deep in snow was just too overwhelming. Okay, so we haven’t had much snow this year, but we’ve had some knuckle-numbing cold. Since the idea behind the jar was to INCREASE positivity, this became so horrifically negative, that I scrapped the chore jar before it began. I am happy to report that I have gotten a few things done on my list without the prompting of THE JAR, and yesterday’s sun had me out digging and pick-axeing and raking with a joy that could never have been equaled by cleaning out the hall closet on such a sunny day.
The Gratitude Jar, on the other hand, has been an unqualified success, although it is not, strictly speaking, a gratitude jar. It is more of a Positivity Jar. But that’s okay. It works for me! And I am happy to report that since 1 January 2013, I have faithfully inscribed, every night before bed, at least one thing that I am either grateful for, or that happened that day to make me happy.
I will admit that there were a few nights I sat on the edge of my bed scratching my head and trying to think of SOMETHING positive. But the fact is there is always something in a day for which to be grateful, or to be happy about. Even if it’s that my dog realized I was upset and licked my face. Even if it’s just that I have a bed in which to sleep.
And that has actually been a benefit of that jar. By forcing myself to focus on the positive just before bed I have found that I am sleeping better, and sleep is a very positive thing indeed.