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January Memory Jar

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My friend Carol found this idea on facebook and posted it (see her blog below). I am IN! emoticon and READY!

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 emoticon 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!

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  • SUNNY332
    Very clever Idea. I am off to find an empty mason jar.

    Love it and can't wait until New Year's Eve, 2013. Thanks so much!

    Hugs, Sunny
    1967 days ago
  • KPACE7

    Your blog reminds me of requests to record my own happy moments.

    Working with teenagers, I have been told many times I need to write a book. They are so honest and so fun. My day is sometimes a comedy show, I even have a title for the book, "Eating Jello With a Fork". Doing a good job teaching requires your life to run 100 mph, with little time to prepare your own lunch. You go to the lounge and all that is left are forks. You embrace it and move on.

    Cherish memories and the happy times. It is many times a choice to have a positive attitude. Make the positive choice!
    1969 days ago
    I'm sitting here looking at my jar and reading the comments and deciding that I need a much LARGER jar! emoticon
    1969 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like a wonderful idea and way to celebrate and remember the year.
    1969 days ago
    Do I have to wait a whole year to have a marathon conversation with you?

    Already started putting a few fun and special December (2012) memories which I didn't want to forget over the course of the year.

    1969 days ago
    What a great idea, thanx for sharing. I sometimes dwell too much on the sad things and forget the happy ones. I'm going to do this also.
    1970 days ago
    i wouldn´t just go through it at the end of the year though love i would use it as a tool a motivating tool.on days when your motivation is low and you think is it worth all the effort take out your jar and read all you have achieved to date,all thoes little succeses and use them to help spur you on ,to go the next helps you know sometimes we are so obsessed with how far we have to go that re forget to see how far we have actually come.good idea i will be doing the same for the reasons i have just given. emoticon happy new year kal may it be a great one. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1970 days ago
    Love it, love it, love it. I have a gratitude jar on our dining room table and whenever anyone feels thankful for something -- big, small, tiny, huge -- we put a small stone, bead, shell inside. The Memory Jar will be a great new companion -- thanks for sharing about this! And, I love this quote from your blog:

    The important thing is to treasure every day . . .

    May your jar overflow with daily treasures!
    1970 days ago
    emoticon ....:::What a Creative idea, Kal! Thanks! emoticon
    ...:::I'm In!

    emoticon ::.....Here's to a Blessed 2013, Laura
    1970 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. Hope your 2013 memory jar is filled to the brim with lots of wonderful and cherished memories.
    1970 days ago
    A friend of mine posted the jar idea of Facebook, and I immediately thought it was a great idea! Think I'll try it!
    1970 days ago
  • DEE797
    A terrific idea...Thanks for sharing it with us. Wishing You all the best for 2013 and beyond.
    1970 days ago
    An awesome idea! emoticon
    1970 days ago
    I'm doing this too...I loved the idea, and I'm going to celebrate the "little moments' too, when I have just an all around good day....:)
    1970 days ago
    Love that idea!
    1970 days ago
    This is a great blog!! For years, I've kept a calendar similar to your Memory Jar. I write events in on the days that they happen. I have spent hours going back to look at them! In time, my children will have a chance to look at them and they too will remember these events. Thanks for this!!!
    1970 days ago
    While reading this, I promptly stepped around the corner to take a pic of hubby building his new RC Sailboat. . .I've helped each step of the way and we've both enjoyed the process. . .this will be a good memory. . .

    Mine, however, will be a 'Memory Box' as I'll take a lot of pics. . thank you, Dolly 8-)
    1971 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2012 6:48:38 PM
    I do journal and it is a great way to focus thoughts on memorable moments in life.

    HUGS and may your New Year be filled with memorable moments -- good ones!
    1971 days ago
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