good things jar

Good Things

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.  Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

― Neil Gaiman, author

2013 was a year of massive change for us.  We liken it to a “sea change” year.  What is a sea change you might ask.  Well, my best explanation here is that it’s a transformation of one’s being at a soulful level.  As we reminisced about so many of the events and moments from 2013, our gratitude for the abundance of love, joy and friendships in our life had us both quite, well, lost for words.  Some of you may have heard me lament that I was very sad to say good-bye to 2013, as this was a very special year.  Don’t get me wrong here, it wasn’t all sunshine and happy times; we both experienced our fair share of dark moments and challenges as well.  It is often in these darker times that the best parts, in fact showed up.

Science has proven that our thoughts shape our life.  How we talk to ourselves, how we honor ourselves and the value we place on our self worth; these all go into shaping our experience with life.  As a Coach, I talk with clients regularly about “letting in the good”; it seems to be a regular theme for many of us.  I think we experience this one in stages as we go through life, as it’s been a re-visit to an old theme for me, yet a completely different journey has been present.

  • How do you honor yourself?

During one of our “the year in review” conversations, Mike shared this wonderful idea that a friend had honored and we decided to bring the tradition into our lives.  The Good Things Jar is our way of paying homage, if you will, to being intentional to living life with presence, grace and joy.  Over the course of the year, anyone in our home will be invited to share in our tradition.  We’ll be adding thoughts on bits of paper, wine corks, photos, and whatever else inspires (no bizarre insects please) to the jar.   As we transition into 2015, Mike and I will set aside some time and go through each item, reminiscing the little things and the big things that took place over the course of 2014.

So far, there are 2 bits of paper in there.  No peeking – 360 days to go  🙂

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        JG – Thank you for taking the time to share. Your kind words warm my heart. May you and yours enjoy a year of ‘good things’.

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