Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunlit Sunday

Last year, about this time, I started a jar to put all my happy and good things in on a little piece of paper.  It went well to start with.  I prettied up the jar and added a label.  I even added a few things as you will see from the notes in the bottom of the jar.


These were to be things that I was thankful for, happy about or grateful for.


Sadly though there was only a very small pile of notes to myself in the jar at the end of the year.  Not because I wasn't happy or thankful or grateful last year.  I was all of those things, on many occasions.  I had let life get in the way though and stopped noting those things down.  I had stopped being aware of them.


The jar just sat there, unloved and unattended to for most of the year.

I am determined that it will not be happening again though.  So I took out the notes and read them and remembered the occasions they referred to.  Then I wrote a new little note and returned it to the jar.  Since then I have added more notes and I really do hope to keep looking for the good things and making a point of noting them down all year long.


Then in January next year I will open the jar and read the notes and remember the good times that I made sure that I took notice of.  It isn't about big, expensive or fancy.  It is about noticing the little things and really paying attention to them and being glad about them.  So that is what I will do!  Not that I am not grateful for the other things that may come along from time to time of course.

This might seem an odd choice to talk about on Sunlit Sunday, but it is all about being sunny in your outlook and thoughts.  So not so odd really!

I am joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday - go and see who else is shining some light today!

Amy

45 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea, a truly helpful way to stay positive as well. A wonderful sunlit Sunday.

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  2. beautiful,wonderful post! loved the story of your little jar. shine on!

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  3. It is a lovely idea, my sons partner did it last year. Put the jar where you will see it everyday to remind yourself to fill it xx

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  4. It's such a lovely idea and a great way to remember to be thankful for all the little things in life.

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  5. I think this is a perfect post for Sunlit Sunday!
    The sunshine "inside" us doesn't depend on the weather.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely idea!

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  6. A wonderful idea my friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. A really lovely idea - I think it's so important to take time to notice the small things that make us smile. If we just waited for the big things, there would be quite a lot of gaps in between each smile - or maybe that's just me! Happy Sunday! x

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  8. That's how to stay positive! I think it's a great idea!

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  9. Nice idea, but I'm bad at following through.

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  10. I see a quilt in this, each small block for a week with space for a few words, I will have to think upon it. In fact my mind is whirring now, can you hear it.

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  11. I decided to do exactly the same thing this year, start a happy jar, I started off ok, but like you I realised I havent put any notes in for a few days, again like you other things seems to get in the way. Must rectify that, good luck with yours xcx

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  12. That jar would be filled for me lol ! what with my Miggs and the sun shining and the spring on it's way and well ya get the idea of it lol Cute idea , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  13. Good luck, and may the jar be full next year. Like you say, we stop noticing or taking the time to think about the little things. It's really the small things that need celebrating.
    Love the jar, btw

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  14. Amy that is such a brilliant idea!!

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  15. Not at all odd. A lovely idea.

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  16. I hope the jar is filled to the brim the next time you open it! lovely idea :)

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  17. Hi Amy! Oh, I love this idea and you made the jar so cute too! Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. This is such a lovely idea. Always better to focus on the positive and having a reminder of all the lovely things at the end of a year is perfect xx

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  19. What a lovely idea, but I'm not good at making sure I do little things often. Maybe I should try harder, maybe even do something like that. Umhhhh!!!! Take care Amy.

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  20. What a lovely idea! I've wanted to have a go at the 'happy' posts other bloggers do but full-time working never seems conducive to that kind of thing - mostly because of the difficulty of taking photos to go along with it. This seems much more achievable and I have the perfect jar - the one that's just become vacant from my cookery book challenge. I'm off to put something in it right now! x

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  21. Wonderful idea.I hope it is overflowing at the end of the year or that you need another jar!

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  22. What a lovely idea Amy, :) xx

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  23. What a lovely idea, it will be a treat to open the jar next year and remember all those happy moments. CJ xx

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  24. Perfect topic for Sunlit Sunday. Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life. That the first part of an old song. lol I can't remember the rest but it's good advice. :)

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  25. Love this Amy! Great idea & what a treat to yourself after a year. Xo

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  26. What a great idea to celebrate the light from within! Sending good wishes for 2015 to be filled with special moments...Susan

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  27. I wondered what happened to your jar from last year....! Well done in returning to it but maybe don't beat yourself up, perhaps you were too busy engaging in the moment to stand back and reflect. Good memories live in your mind and heart, your jar is just a snapshot for when you have the time.

    I'll be in touch soon with a wee email to catch up.
    love and hugs
    RedSetter

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  28. Good idea! Sometimes just being aware helps us to be more thankful.
    PS - I did my post about me and it's up now.

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  29. I think this is such a beautiful idea Amy!!! I should try this with the beans and have them pull them out to read at dinner!!! Wishing you an outstanding week friend! Nicole xo

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  30. Such a wonderful idea!
    Next January you'll have so many happy memories to recall.
    love Jooles x x x

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  31. A lovely idea Amy. I won't even start because I know come February, the jar will have slid back into a cupboard, all but forgotten.

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  32. Great idea Amy, you will have lots of lovely things to remember this time next year:)

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  33. A good idea, Amy. One to copy at the start of a new year. I hope you have a week full of positives that you can note down and add to your jar.

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  34. I don't know how... but, it seems we so frequently lose track of our good intentions. I applaud your taking another go at keeping your gratitude jar, Amy. I believe disciplining ourselves to a mindful gratitude is a noble thing.

    I also salute and appreciate the men and women who have served their country... so that we and others have the freedom to do just that. blessings ~ tanna
    ps your Poppy is a beautiful reminder.

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  35. I hope you have so many beautiful things that that jar will overflow with colorful slips of paper!

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  36. love this-thank you for sharing Kim

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  37. It sounds like a good plan and I hope that next year at this time you'll be able to look back and feel really good about all the thoughts you put in the jar.

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  38. Amy - there's a new country song out "what we've got" that speaks so much to me. It's how we think we know what we want but really don't know what we have until it's gone. It's by Jake Owens if you get a chance listen to it. Such true words.

    We all definitely have so much to be grateful for.

    Judy

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  39. It so easy to let life pass us by! I'm sure your jar will be full next year! Sarah x

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  40. I love this idea Amy! Even if you only remember once or twice a week then you will still have so many things at the end of the year. One of my mottoes for this year is progress not perfection, it helped me keep going with my 365 even when I forgot the first day! One thing I did wonder though, is what have you done with the slips of paper from last year? The hoarder in me wants you to have kept them, if it was nice to relive memories a year on, imagine 5 or 10 years on! x

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