Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Word For 2014

I'm going to let you all in on a secret.

2013 kind of kicked my butt.  Kicked it, helped me regain my feet, then kicked me again.

It was a rough year.  I could sit back, worried, watchful, waiting for another shoe to drop (seriously, how many shoeless feet does Life have?) as this new year springs forward.

I could, but I won't.  I can't.

This year, I choose Joy.  I choose to see a good thing in every day.  I choose to let those other things, those grumbling, piercing, hurtful things fall away and in the their place, I choose a joyful moment to savor and treasure.

At my daughter's encouragement, yesterday we sat down and made our memory jars.  Our goal is to write down one good thing, one dollop of joy, from every day this year.  I said I wasn't sure I could find one thing to write about every day.  Like today, for instance, the funeral of an old family friend: where is the joy in today?
It turns out it was eating tuna melts and apple slices for dinner with my daughter.  It was holding my niece and amazing her with my mad drawing skills.  It was opening a new book and getting sucked in with the very first line.  It was a roll of new packing tape.  It was brand new fluffy Christmas socks to warm my cold toes.

I think my problem will be choosing which one thing to write about!

This post inspired by prompt #2 at Mama's Losin' It!


  1. What a beautiful idea! Last year, my kids and I worked on filling a gratitude jar—we tried to write down one thing we were thankful for each day.

    I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you!

  2. That's awesome Michelle. Such a great idea. You did not let this year take you down, and you are only more amazing for it. So glad you chose joy.

  3. How fun..I started this a couple of years ago with a calendar. At the end of each day I wrote down one thing out of the day that made me smile. Some days it didn't seem that would be possible..but like you..I found there were a few..if I just took the time to look!