Last year as a Christmas present, I was given this blessings jar. For me, this is the type of gift I enjoy because it continues to be a source of joy. The object is to write down that which makes you grateful and at the end of the year, empty it and go though each piece of paper. For me, this allows the good stuff to remain in the forefront of my mind.
As I opened each piece of paper, I was surprised at the level of my family’s participation. While I had hoped they would contribute, I had realistic expectations set in place. The evidence of how I have changed resided in that jar. One of the blessings I wrote down was that I was thankful for the gifts that Hallee had given to this family. When our beloved black Lab passed away that was my focus….her contribution. I took a sad situation and created a much needed happy memory. Turning those difficult situations and being able to see the good, shows me I am moving into the right direction. It is a wonderful shift in my outlook.
This year has been full of surprises, changes, growth, and a tremendous rebirth of my spirit. I am not sure what 2016 will bring, but I know that there will be an abundance of blessings to experience. Just to be able to experience it, is a blessing in itself.