In the waning days of 2012, I read this “Jar of Good Things” post, or something remarkably similar to it. I immediately loved the idea of sending “atta girl!” notes to my future self during the new year.
Instead of using a jar, I found an old shoe box and scribbled “Good Things Box” on all sides with a Sharpie. Then I started writing down 2013’s good things as they happen, using cut-up index cards and dating each item.
Unlike my gratitude practice of counting off the day’s positives each evening, the Good Things Box is reserved for the really big stuff?like my life-changing visit to The Autonomic Disorders and Mitral Valve Prolapse Center in Alabama, joining my first curling league, and my mother’s successful cancer surgery.
The box has an honored place on the bookcase next to my standing desk and even has a hole pre-cut in the side for me to slip the folded cards inside. At the end of the year, I’ll be able to look back over the previous 12 months and remember all the good news, new opportunities, and accomplishments of 2013.
Around this time next week, I hope to add “Successfully completed the 2013 Wordcount Blogathon” to the box.