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Filling the jar

Monday, February 18, 2013

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.

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    some neat idea! thanks for sharing! susana
    1870 days ago
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    1947 days ago
    Love this idea. Last year I started a "to-do" journal of the things I wanted to do that year. It went out the window as well..but could work this gratitude jar idea..thanks so much for sharing this.
    1948 days ago
    I'm so glad for you that you followed through with this idea and shared it! I love the idea but did not take action to launch the practice. Here's hoping your end-of-year reading makes you happy you lived in 2013. So often it seems we get to the end of the year and can't wait for the new year to come, somehow remembering only the bad parts of the current year. You will have many positive memories!
    1948 days ago
    Even the picture of the jar is happy! With all the happy colored post-its! Great job!
    1948 days ago
    I love it!!!!
    1948 days ago
    That is a beautiful sight. I'm glad the positivity jar is working out for you. I might stare at the picture for a while and try to suck up some of your drive to do something good for yourself every day.
    1948 days ago
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    This is awesome! We all need to realize everyday .even if it was a bad day, or things didn't go our way, that we had something to be grateful for. Even if it is the thing we take for granted , like a ray of sunshine. I hope you find allot of sunshine in your life.
    1948 days ago
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