Hey there friends! How ya doin?? Life has been kind of crazy around here lately. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been a bit frazzled lately. Sometimes life can steal your joy. Am I right?? We are in one of those cycles of all the annoying and frustrating things happening. One right after the other. We keep bobbing to the top, just to get pushed back down again. It has been very difficult to stay positive. But, I know that this is just what the enemy wants. So, I decided to be proactive.
I’ve kept a gratitude journal in the past and I thought of pulling it back out. (not sure why I ever put it away) But, I decided I really needed something different this time. I have so many things to be thankful for, I know that. It’s just hard to keep those things are the forefront of my mind when there are so many yucky and annoying things happening in the day to day.
One day as I was sitting on the couch, lamenting over the bad stuff, this thought came to my mind.
Positivity. That’s the issue for me. I’ve always been a ‘glass half-empty’ kind of girl. And, I would love to change that. I think it’s possible to decide how you perceive things. Enter the positivity jar. Nothing fancy – a simple mason jar, a green pen (because I think green is a positive color), and some strips of paper.
The idea is, when I’m feeling discouraged, frustrated, annoyed, down – I write down the good things from the day. Because, there are always good things in every day. Sometimes they are just harder to see. Writing them down helps ingrain them into your mind. Helps you to refocus. Change you perspective.
Proverbs 15:15 says “All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” (NASB) I don’t think that means that if you have a cheerful heart, that you will be blessed. But rather, having a cheerful heart IS the blessing. Blessings are all around us everyday, we just have to open up our eyes and see them. So, this jar is my way of helping me to see them and be mindful of them.
Since we are coming upon the season of Thanksgiving, it is a great time to teach you kids about Thankfulness. This thankful tree that we put up for years when our kids were younger was a great visual representation!