The new year is not far away. And for many of us, we’re already starting to wonder what that new year is going to be like.
For me, the beginning of every year is like having a bright shiny bauble in my hands. It’s new. Full of promise. And glows with anticipation. As the year progresses through its roller coaster ride of life, the bauble tarnishes. Brightens. Tarnishes. Brightens. With the events that confront us.
We too often remember only the moments that tarnish the bauble. And forget those that make it gleam even brighter.
To truly remember what the year had in store for us, I suggest you start a Memory Jar. For just you. Or for your whole family. Or one for each member of your family.
On the first day of the new year, write down on a slip of paper your wishes and hopes for the coming year. As well as your doubts and fears. And put it in the Memory Jar.
And then all through the year, write on a slip of paper those events that you want to remember.
And those events that perhaps we don’t want to remember. But should. Fold the paper. And put it in the jar. By the 31st of December, your Memory Jar should be full.
On New Year’s Eve. Or New Year’s Day. Your preference. Spill the contents of the Memory Jar onto a table. And if the whole family has contributed to the jar, each family member randomly selects slips of paper, and reads aloud all the things that happened during the year.
This is an awakening moment the first time you do this. We forget so much. And the memories will surprise – and often – delight you.
My Memory Jar is a glossy black ceramic urn style jar. With a black lid edged in gold gilt. Much like the shape of a Chinese ginger jar. From a charity shop. Of course! And sits on my desk. With slips of paper I’ve guillotined for the purpose. I am forever writing things down and putting those folded slips of paper in the jar.
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Events that happen in my personal life.
Events that happen on my remote rural property of 54 hectares.
This idea was shared with me by a very wise, elderly man. Many years ago. When I was a young city gal. We often sat together on a park bench in inner city Balmain. Watching our dogs play together in the park. Me in my twenties. He in his seventies.
He was a fount of wisdom. And we discussed many things.
He was Eastern European. And had lived a life of intrigue as a spy for his country. Escaping by the skin of his teeth when his cover was blown. Coming to Australia. Meeting his wife – who was the same nationality – and raising a family in a free country.
He started a Memory Jar when he arrived in Australia. To remind him of all the good things that had happened to him after the war.
He was also an accomplished musician. Who brought his violin to the park. And often played for a coterie of dog walkers who were enamoured of his talent.
Eric is one of those happy memories we often trip over in life when we least expect it.
Start your Memory Jar on the first day of the new year. You won’t regret it.
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~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
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