Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Memory Jar



Last year we started a new family tradition I thought may be worth sharing for those of you who could use some encouragement in the new year.

At the start of every new year I set out an empty jar with a note pad and pen nearby. Then throughout the year, as a family, we individually write down happy moments on paper then tuck the paper into the jar. At the end of the year, on New Years Eve, we gather around the jar and read the happy moments aloud. Often we find ourselves laughing as there’s always a few funny jokes added, thanks to the amusement of our middle son, but overall we are left with a feeling of gratitude for all the great moments that have happened throughout the year.

I think it’s easy when you’re facing significant struggles to reflect back on the year and only remember the bad stuff, but when you take the time to write down all the good moments, they quickly add up, you soon realize that you are blessed even through the trials.

This year has been especially difficult, but I’m happy to share that the jar is stuffed full, awaiting our discovery on New Years Eve.

Inside the jar you’ll find:
A first kiss...
Dancing in the kitchen after the party was over...
Making Leadership team at school...
A first girlfriend...
A new job...
Family scary movie nights...
and so much more...

We are thankful, so very thankful.

I wish you and yours a wonderful year ahead, even if the blessings are small, may your cup runneth over.


2 comments:

  1. First of all, Mama Bear, thank you for the gift of our Memory Jar on Christmas, 2014.. It was a "scary" year for us also, this past year. It was a very cathartic process to actually memoralize some happy moments in the year and write them down, so we would be able to reflect on them this New Year's Eve, 2015. You know what? Our year was'nt half as bad as it seemed. We also realized how blessed we were with a wonderful family, how much our son made us laugh during those hard times, how much our daughter-in-law filled us with pride and love, how lucky we are to have the grandchildren we have, how healthy we were in spite of serious medical problems, how good God always is to us. Thank you Mama Bear, for making us "look" at the good times and memories in spite of speed bumps. It brings it all into perspective, doesn't it? I love you and thank you again !!!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this experience as much as we did this year. Love you too!!!

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