Jar of Good

If your kids are anything like mine, they can have a great day filled with favorite friends, fun activities, and maybe even some treats. Then, when one thing goes wrong, they think they’ve had a horrible day.

Mope. Complain. Start thinking of everything in your life that you don’t like, no matter how long ago it happened.

We’re all a little like that, aren’t we? We’ve all had days or weeks where we’re slow to count our blessings.

So here’s what we did last night as a family. We implemented a little idea I saw and loved. It’s our Jar of Good Things, and it’s our start to 2013.

The jar sits on the desk in our home office, near the paper and crayons and pens. Now, each person knows that when something makes them happy or when they see someone do something right, they go get a slip of paper, write that thing down, date it, and put it in the jar.

Next New Year’s Eve, we’re getting out that jar and reading what we wrote. I can’t wait to look back and see how much good can happen in one home in one year.

More than that, I can’t wait to see a year’s worth of blessings all in one place and count them on a larger scale than what we’re used to doing.

- Sara

Sara Wigington, Author