Blessings All Year Long With the Blessing Jar
by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
Happy New Year! 2014! Here is to a year filled with peace, happiness, love, joy, laughter, passion, purpose, abundance, and excellent health!
I wanted to share a tradition that I was introduced to at the end of 2012, by my dear friend, Sandy Fox-Lang. It's called the “Blessing Jar.” The main idea is to record on slips of paper each and every blessing that you have in a year and drop them into the jar. At the years end you pour all of the blessings out on the table and read each one of the blessings that you recorded for the year. It is a wonderful way to end the year, remembering all of your blessings, and it is a wonderful way to start the new year on a positive note.
What you will need:
A container that you can decorate such as a jar or box.
Decorative stickers, pens, ribbon, anything that comes to mind to decorate your container.
Paper or card stock that you can cut into little squares that will fit into your container.
A pen or pencil
Once you have finished your container, find a place in your home that you can designate to be the place that the container will remain throughout the year. (Try to find somewhere that will be seen as you move about your home) This serves as a gentle reminder to notice and appreciate all of the blessings that we have in our lives. And it reminds us to record our blessings and add them to our container. As you get accustomed to jotting down your blessings and adding them to the container the easier it will be. Some days you might only have one blessing, or should I say, you only take time to write down one blessing – however, some days you might have many blessings to add to the container. The container’s contents will grow and grow and at the end of the year; viola, you have many blessings to count!
With many trying to juggle work, family, volunteering, friends, school, and a host of other obligations, we forget that we are in the midst of blessings in our lives each and every day. Some days the blessing might be that you made it through your day or that you woke up on time and was able to spend a few extra minutes with family before you head off on your busy day. Some days the blessings will be that you were able to set a boundary or say no when you are overwhelmed. No matter, we are all blessed each and every day, we just need to become aware and be present in our lives in order to embrace that we are truly blessed.
I hope that you will find the “Blessing Jar” is a wonderful addition to your life and that it will make the positive impact on you and your family, as it has in mine.
Many Bright Blessings and Happy New Year!
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