Last year on Pinterest I saw a "Thankful Jar", which is a jar where people toss a note in the jar when they are happy or thankful for something, and then on New Year's Eve, you read the notes to each other. I LOVED the idea, so I put one on our kitchen table and told everyone to just toss in a note when something good happens in their lives.
Many who know me, know that I have been struggling with chronic back pain and in my mind when I look back over the year, I was almost afraid to look at the notes. We had barely filled the jar 1/2 way, which made me feel sad. Even though I said I was going to start a new one at the beginning of the year, I kept looking at that 1/2 full jar of notes and just couldn't open it yet.
This morning I had a rough start to the day. I could barely walk and was feeling a bit sorry for myself
(a place that I HATE to go to).
In my usual ADD way, I had a number of tabs open on my computer so that I could go back to watch or read them when I had some extra time. This morning I needed time to be able to move, so I watched Sam Bern's video on his philosophy for a happy life here...
Wow, just wow! What a positive outlook this young man had inspite of the overwhelming mountains he had to climb every day just to be who he was. Such an inspiring message he shared shortly before he passed.
In that moment after watching that video, it reminded me that even though each one of us has either an internal or physical struggle, there are good parts. Maybe not what we want, but still good parts, so tonight Ken and I opened the jar after dinner and you know what.....there WERE good parts! Funny little notes from Courtney's friends, touching notes from Hannah and a few earthy ones from Courtney. Two new babies were introduced into our family. Miles and Jenny bought a house. Hannah was accepted to Plymouth and got a room in the dorm she had hoped for. Notes of love and a few of struggles, but the struggles were very few and the happy notes made us laugh and smile.
So....a new jar with a pretty bow was put back on the table for a new year of new notes and memories. I am committed to putting in one note every single day, even on the days when I am not feeling hopeful, because I know that if we look hard enough, there are good things, every single day!