Can Good things come in jars?
The answer to that is yes, some people think so.
One such person is a friend of mine, named Tina, who lives in my old hometown of Pomona, Ca.
At the end of last year, she promoted an idea she found out about to her friends on Facebook; the idea was something called a "Good Things Jar".
A Google search led to the discovery that some people call it a "Gratitude Jar", or "Happiness Jar", as well.
Kris Carafelli even has a Pinterest Board dedicated to the subject: Gratitude and Love in a Jar
The idea has been around, online, since at least 2010, it seems, and this is what it is:
Find yourself a nice, large, jar, glass or plastic doesn't matter.
Label and decorate it to suit your fancy....or not, it doesn't matter.
Keep it in a handy spot in your home; A shelf where it can be seen and not forgotten, easily accessible as needed.
On New Year's Eve 2017 empty the jar count and read each and every one of the notes.
See what an amazing year you had.
You may be in need of having your spirits lifted after what you perceive to have been a difficult year in your life.
Through these notes, you will be reminded, despite life's challenges, just how amazing the year truly was.
Repeat the next year...and the year after that.
In whatever sense this year is a new year for you, may the moment find you eager and unafraid, ready to take it by the hand with joy and gratitude.
Do not be silent; there is no limit to the power that may be released through you.
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.
-- Howard Thurman, Philosopher, and Author