As we come to the end of 2012, I find myself evaluating the year. How should I sum it up? 2012 was filled with a lot of good stuff—my daughter’s graduation from middle school and the start of her career at a truly excellent high school, lots of laughter and delicious food shared with good friends and family, beautiful weather, wonderful new clients, reconnecting with favorite past clients, and a multitude of random acts of kindness. Yet the coda of the year has been punctuated by natural disaster, senseless violence and an uptick of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) cases. What can we do to hold onto the sweet parts, the bouts of hilarity and the just plain good?
Determined to capture some of the good that will come in 2013, I grabbed an empty Ball jar and labeled the top “2013” and called an impromptu family meeting. I asked my husband and my daughter if we could make a commitment to write down the good, funny, and sweet things we experience in the coming year and put these notes into the jar. Our intention is to spend our 2013 New Year’s Eve reading these notes out loud to each other so that we can savor the year. I am elated that they enthusiastically agreed.
While spending these last few days of 2012 enjoying the holidays with family and friends and making plans for an amazing new year, that empty jar keeps catching my eye. My hope is that as 2013 comes to a close, we’ll have spent a year being fully present and aware while looking forward to the good stuff to add to the jar. I wish that for you in the coming new year. Go ahead, grab an empty jar and put on a label that reads “2013.” That jar may be empty now, but it holds a great deal of promise.
Happy New Year!