It’s not too late to create a Rememberlutions jar! I talked about these in the Message For All Ages I presented during the 10:00 service on January 3rd, and thought I’d mention it again. There are actually two types of jars that are great as an individual or family activity, and both focus on the positive experiences in your life.
With a rememberlutions jar, instead of focusing on shortcomings, we think positive and fill the jar with accomplishments that happen all year. At the end of 2016, maybe even on New Year’s Eve, you can review and remember the awesome things that happened.
In order to make one of your own, all you need is a jar, any size, any shape; and a plethora of craft supplies. Whether you’d like a lid or not is totally up to you. When your jar is decorated to your heart’s content, it’s time for the rememberlutions themselves. Over the course of the year, whenever anything happens that makes you proud, write it down and put it in the jar. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Nor how personal. All that matters is it’s yours.
Some people do this as a family activity with a large jar that is shared. And when the family empties it at the end of the year, they see what others wrote and remember all the things their family accomplished.
With a Happiness Jar, you get yourself a jar (or a box, or a vessel of any kind) and every day, at the end of the day, you grab a slip of paper and write down the happiest moment of the day. Even on lousy days, you do this. Because even on lousy days, there is one best moment (or at least, one least-worst moment.)
On bad days, thrust you fist into that jar and go fishing — pulling up a handful of great moments that you would have utterly forgotten, had you not documented them. Over the years, your Happiness Jar will teach you a lot. What may amaze you is what ends up on the slip of paper every day. Not awesome events, not huge achievements — usually just a small and tiny thing, a moment of awareness.
Turn a Happiness Jar into a family practice! Put one in the middle of her kitchen/dining room table, and each day at dinner each family member puts an entry in the jar. Date the entries and on New Years Eve 2016 pull out handfuls and enjoy the memories.
It’s a joy over the year to see that jar filling up with tiny scraps of evidence that life isn’t all chores, work, deadlines and struggle. Give yourself this gift, it’s a wonderful way to bear witness to the almost invisible thread of grace that weaves through our lives. Why not start today?