Week #16 – Can you say “I love my life!” (One surefire way to make sure you can in 2015!)
Many of us have been looking back over the past year, reflecting on all the changes, the highs, the lows, what happened, what went wrong, and how we can fix it in 2015.
But it’s hard to love your life when it’s so easy to look back and come up with all the bad things that happened. Hell — while reviewing my own year I forgot about starting this website and blogging for the first time (something I’ve been wanting to do for years!). Those two wins got eclipsed (momentarily) by one very significant loss. Afterall, it’s easy to get stuck on the losses…but we have to balance them with what we’ve gained. We have to, as our friend Rob Nicholson said in a recent Facebook post, “keep moving forward and celebrate and revel in what we have!”
So I want to do something different. I want to look ahead…WAY ahead. To December 31st of THIS year. It’s only 365 days away. Oops…364 now! What will it take to say on that day, “I love my life?”
I know one thing for sure…it will take REMINDERS!
Your assignment this week: Don’t count on yourself to remember everything about the year come December 31st. Make a plan to curate the wins just as much as the losses. Come up with a system for recording your achievements, successes, highlights, and otherwise happy times THROUGHOUT the year ahead! The most obvious way is to keep a dated list — in a journal, on your computer, via email, or on your phone — where you take time each day to review your activities and take note of anything special or significant. I keep a running list by date and habitually recount the day’s activities. To be honest, most days it’s pretty mundane — but the habit assures that when something notable happens I’m going to capture and remember it. Recently though, I’ve seen and heard about some other very creative ideas:
- I’ve seen a Gratitude Tree — write what you’re grateful for on little shapes and fill an inside tree or wall mural up throughout the year (works in classrooms, too!).
- I heard of photo-journaling — use cell-phone photos in a specific file or on Instagram to keep track of accomplishments.
- But my favorite has been the Joy Jar or Happiness Jar! The idea is simple: you start on January 1st (okay, 2nd) with an empty jar in a prominent location in your home — and you start dropping notes in it throughout the year about things that went well, things that make you happy, things you’re grateful for, achieved, or accomplished. At the end of the year you have a personal collection of happy memories to review — or immediate access throughout the year when you need a lift to face a challenge! One woman even collaged them on a monthly basis as a type of word-cloud to record as a journal.
The possibilities are endless — but the idea is the same: make it a point to collect the good stuff! Because we need more of that. More focus on the wins. More focus on what’s right. More focus on loving our lives — so that we can live our lives more fully.
I want us to say, “I love my life!” in 2015. I want to yell it together — from wherever we are — at midnight next New Year’s Eve! And I want a plan in place to do it! Who’s with me?!
Spread Happyness — share your ideas, thoughts, or suggestions for tracking your accomplishments — or pledge to yell “I love my life!” in the comments!
1/2/15 by Grace Church
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