Here Comes 2017: Grab an Empty Jar

Today is New Year’s Eve.  Many folks are giving thanks that 2016 is over, although their reasons doubtless vary.  Some of us lost family or friends, others had health problems, others suffered economic setbacks.

Happy or not that the year is over, many folks are putting the finishing touches on their list of New Year’s resolutions, resolutions that are unlikely to remain intact past the second or third week of the month.

I saw a suggestion not long ago that seemed to me a better way to begin the new year than with half-hearted resolutions.  The suggestion was this:

This January, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen over the course of the year.  Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.

Some of us do a daily Examen, part of which is giving thanks for all of the blessings of the day.  But I love the idea of watching the notes pile up in a jar that can then be re-savored at year end.

I plan on implementing the suggestion.  Why not join me?

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