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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, I’ve scrapped that. I’m not going there anymore. Well, I will probably go there, but if I do I’m grabbing myself by the scruff of the neck and dragging myself right back out.

I’ve fallen into the trap of counting the bad things in life instead of the good things. I’ll 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. I’m 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 year’s 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 I’ll fill a jar with things I want to get done and I’ll 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 I’ll 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. I’ll let you know how this worked on New Year’s Eve, 2013
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  • CHEEKY1000
    I love the idea of a gratitude jar. That's awesome!

    You know what, you are so right. Life throws hardballs and we just have to deal with them and NOT let them deal with us. We need to be in control of how we handle the situation. This is really something I need to focus on. Thanks for the reminder!

    Hope everything else is going well with you! Did you see the DW Xmas special? I LOVE Clara! She rocks!
    1966 days ago
    What a wonderful, beneficial idea! Thanks for sharing and sharing your contagious inspirtation! Wishes for a wonderful 2013 for you!
    1967 days ago
    A gratitude jar! What an amazing idea. (You can keep your chore jar, you masochist.) One of my husband's resolutions was to do exactly what you're talking about--focusing on the positives of the day, each day, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant. I'm definitely going to pass this on to him.
    1969 days ago
    Someone posted the "good things" jar on Facebook, and I really like that! It's so easy for me to get home grumpy and snarling after a really crappy commute, and I'd like the chance to document the good things. Think I'll try that.
    1972 days ago
    That's an awesome idea! Those are things that I need to start doing as well. I know I have a lot to be grateful for, but it's so much easier to focus on what is standing in our way or causing us grief.
    1973 days ago
  • DDLM13
    I like those ideas!
    1973 days ago
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