Voicing gratitude is important to my emotional well being. I don’t think I’ve always been good at it, but this has worked well recently.
I came across an idea (probably on Pinterest haha) about having a “gratitude jar”. The premise is that once a week you write something for which you are grateful on a piece of paper, fold it up and plop it in the jar. At the end of the year, you pour the contents out of the jar and reflect on a whole year of gratitude.
2020 was the year I started this ritual and when I opened the slips of paper at the end of December, I was enlightened by all the memories of gratitude I had written down. Additionally, it was moving to see how the themes of my thoughts shifted from before COVID, once we entered shut down, and again as school was to be reopened.
I found this to be a routine I could easily continue. After all, jotting one sentence down each week is not too hard to remember. So I am just about one quarter through this year and the jar’s contents is piling up. It gives me hope to look at it and know I have much to be grateful for.
Do you have a simple way to reflect on what you’re grateful for?