Your Journey in a Jar
People talk a lot about self care these days, and one suggestion for self care is journaling. I am in love with the idea of crafting well thought out daily entries that detail the gorgeous moments of tenderness between my kids, chronicling their clever quips, capturing their dreams...and mine...in eloquent entries. Adventures, accomplishments, much loved family recipes recorded...Leather bound volumes preserved for my kids, their kids, and all the future generations who will treasure my delicious recalls and long for the "good old days."
But let's be real. That's not what a real soul baring self care journal journey would reveal on it's pages. What happens to a journal after you reveal your heart in writing? What if you're ugly and real and scared and hopeful and loving...messy...And someone in your near or your distant future gets ahold of it? My entries probably wouldn't translate into Top 40 hits quite as easily as Taylor Swift's, so I have historically passed on capturing my inner workings on paper.
There's a compromise my paper wary friends, and the beginning of a new year is a good time to try it. Grab a jar, a vase, a giant envelope...It can be precious or practical, the vessel doesn't really matter. I happen to use a large mason jar...But do what makes you happy (because we are still talking about self care still after all). Now take a moment every day to jot down on a scrap of paper one thing that happened that day that was good. Don't worry about being profound. Some days it might be as simple as "I drank my coffee when it was still hot and fresh." Fold it up. Drop it in your jar.
It sounds so simple...until you try it. This actually requires some discipline...especially with pandemics and politics messing with us these days.
Notice the good. Express gratefulness for the good. It changes your mindset. It reminds you that while there is always bad, there is also always good. Find that. Savor that. At the end of the year, you can read your entries and reflect on all that good your were able to identify and appreciate.
If you want to get fancy and have the time...Make a self care ritual of it at the end of each day. Light a candle or some incense. Take a minute to turn off the electronics, lock your kids in the closet (kidding, just kidding), close your eyes, center your soul, and breath. Be there for yourself before you scribble a few words.
You probably didn't get too very deep or wordy on the little snippets you put in your jar, but if you don't want anyone to find them in the future, just throw them away, burn them, flush them (actually no, don't do this) on NYE...And start fresh with a new year and an empty jar.
Wishing you all peace, love...especially self love and care..., and happiness in 2021! If there's anything our Mini and Me team can do to help you make your dreams come true this year, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org