Remember that “52 Good Things” jar I wrote about in my Lively Muse newsletter? It was an idea I discovered the first of the year and decided to keep my own list of 52 Good Things. Each week, during 2017, I wrote one good thing I wanted to acknowledge and remember on a 2″x2″ piece of paper, folded the little square and dropped it into the jar on my desk.
Sunday, December 31, I noted and stuffed the paper with the 52nd “good thing” in my jar—it listed the family holiday gathering the day before. Then on Monday, January 1, 2018, I dumped the jar out, spreading out the memories of all 52 of those good things noted from the passing year. One by one, I opened the little papers, remembering each “good thing” as I unfolded the square of paper.
Looking through them, I found so many good things I noted were events I shared with family and friends. I’d listed lots of creative explorations and writing/books/performance events. The Women’s March got its square, so did getting my new bed. Specific details of events during my journeys to Greece and Mexico were listed. Plays and musical performances, visits to our beautiful Balboa Park, an especially good writing day… and on and on and on, memory after memory of so many good things in my life.
Next, I pulled out one of the big card stock pieces I use for creating Vision Boards and glued each little unfolded square randomly on the base, linking them together with strong green lines. Rather than an orderly chronology, I liked the juxtaposition of some Big Event, like going to San Francisco with my friend Steve and seeing Alison Bechdel’s play, “Fun Home” with my Oakland family next to the smaller remembrance of the way the sun shone on the bougainvillea out my kitchen window one March morning.
I’m not sure where I’ll keep the 2017 Good Things display, but it will be fun to pull it out of its storage place every now and again, and remember once more how good and rich and full my life is.
Here’s the 2018 Good Things jar—empty and waiting to be filled, week by week, good thing by good thing.
Do you have a daily or weekly ritual that reminds you of the good things in your life?