In December of 2013 I read an article about "memory jars/boxes". I was intrigued by the thought of re-living good things at years end. I found it a great way to keep track of the small joys, the silly stuff that gives me a full belly laugh, and those teensie weensie things I don't want to forget. For example... the first time my 8 year old cracked an egg successfully. She was beyond excited.
|You can use an empty Kleenex box|
The jar/box itself doesn't have to be fancy, unless you want it to be. I recycled a shipping box from Supplement Superstores. It had Never Settle stamped on the side. After sealing it with clear packing tape I made a small slot at the top and placed the box in my closet. I put small slips of scrap paper and a pen right next to it. I did not feel it was necessary to decorate the box so I didn't.
The box was opened on Jan1st, dumped on my bed. There were 135 "paper memories" just waiting to be opened. Unfolding each one brought a smile to my face and I was able to remember the exact moment.
|Inside of my box|
After looking at each memory I placed them in a large manila envelope. I planned on using my "memory box" again but wanted to change two things. #1. I made the slot at the top bigger in order to accommodate photos and #2. I decorated it, slightly.
You can start one of these boxes/jars at any time of the year. This is easier and way more fun than keeping a journal. You can get your whole family involved. Each family member could keep their own private box or a large pickle jar could be used to hold an entire families memories. Imagine the surprises if you had a family memory jar, you could take turns picking them out and reading them out loud.
When I reflected on 2014 it was easy to bring up the painful stuff, easy to remember the bad memories. Having 135 good memories to open and re-live was a great way to end 2014 and begin 2015 on a positive note.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have a great life. My life is not perfect and I do get some tough stuff on my plate... This box helped remember the rainbows despite the storms, for that I am grateful.
Happy New Year! Make it a happy and healthy one!