A few weeks ago I heard about the Gratitude Jar concept. The idea is you write a note each day expressing what you’re thankful for, place it in a decorative container and re-visit them at the end of the year. 2015 brought about a lot of changes on my end but I ended the year feeling very encouraged and thankful for what I have. I feel it’s important to be present in the moment and not get carried away with endless possibilities of what might and might not happen. Don’t get me wrong, planning for your future is important, just don’t get hung up on the details because you’ll still get to where you need to be but the path there might change. For this reason I thought it would be a great idea to reflect daily on this path in life I’m on and note the things that I’m grateful for.
I encourage you to try it as well. You might be surprised to discover that you find pleasure in everyday things. For instance, this past weekend I awoke to a particularly bright and sunny day. The snow had visibly melted quite a bit but what got me was how taking note of this made me feel. The day felt full of endless possibilities. I must admit, I went about my day with a little extra skip in my step! As parents we know that if we’re feeling great, our children also feel great. So take a little time out of your day and reflect on what you’re thankful for. Feel free to share how this practice is coming along for you!