Memories in a Jar

I was reading a little blurb a woman wrote. She said that throughout her day whenever something nice happened to her or a flashback to a wonderful memory, she would write it down on a little piece of paper and put it in a jar. When the jar was full, she would take it and go get comfortable with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and read all of those beautiful memories. How lovely is that?

It got me to thinking about all of the great things that happen throughout our days.

I have many, but to name just a few. There was the time my daughter came to visit and after she left, I saw a sticky note on my kitchen cabinet that read, “I love you Mommy.” She is in her twenties and still calls me Mommy. That makes my heart soar! Oh and when my dear friend called with so much excitement in her voice because she found a beautiful Conch shell that never should have been on that particular beach. And the time I cut someone off in traffic and instead of getting mad at me, he smiled and waved me in.

These things are happening around us all the time.

We feel the joy for a moment but it’s fleeting and then we move on with our day.

What about when something negative happens to us? Someone takes that parking space we have been waiting for, our child is mad at us, our boss reprimands us or our partner leaves crumbs on the counter. And traffic? That is a huge one! Those things tend to stay with us and can ruin hours, a day or even longer.

I wonder about that part of us humans. Why we can’t let go of those uncomfortable things?

Why not reverse it? Why not keep the joyful feeling of those wonderful moments and let the negatives ones be fleeting?

What a difference each day would be.

© 2016 Alice Badler

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