Friday, January 1, 2016

A Memory Jar to Jar My Memory

New starts always feel like great opportunities to wipe the slate clean, begin again, and try to do things better. January 1st is a BIG new start, but I've certainly learned over the years that trying to do too much, too quickly, too perfectly inevitably results in frustration and failure on my part. So, my New Year plans for 2016 are simple.

I've got one resolution (I'll elaborate in a later post) and I'm doing one thing. I think both of these will have some interesting and long-term results, but on the surface they are straightforward and uncomplicated, greatly increasing my chances of actually carrying them out.


My one thing is a jar. Not a new or original idea by any means, but one that Justin brought to my attention after he read a facebook post. The idea is to write something every day on a small piece of paper, fold it up, put it in your jar, and then dump them out and read them all next New Year's Eve. The fact that a 22-year-old male thought this was meaningful enough to mention to his mother really struck me, so that's what I'm doing.

People have written about something they're grateful for, an accomplishment that day, or just something lovely that they noticed. I'm not giving myself any constraints, just that I write something positive. We shall see what this year brings.


Wishing everyone health, happiness, love, and something memorable every day in 2016!

9 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful idea! Happy New Year!

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  2. Wonderful idea and certainly doable! It's sounds like the perfect way to journal the year. Will you date each entry?

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  3. what a nice idea!! I bet you would be writing some wonderful thoughts and events :) Happy new year!!!

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  4. Happy New Year Bonny! I love this idea...and Lord knows there are plenty of jars around here!!

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  5. Cool idea. Helen

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  6. Oh, wow! This idea just gave me . . . shivers. It is perfect and simple -- and will be so incredibly interesting when you reflect on your writing "tidbits" at the end of the year. Wow.

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  7. oh my, I LOVE this. and for the first time today, I'm really bummed it's taken me SIX days to catch up on blog posts. (but then I remind myself - OK, so you'll only have 360 little pieces of paper :-) I wonder if Justin appreciates the impact his "little" idea is gonna have. please tell him thank you for me! (but p.s. I'm not sure I have a jar!!)

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