By Sarita Rajiv
Happy 2016 everyone. Hope the year’s off to a good start for you. After being missing in action for almost a month here, I’m back. The sun and warmth back home in India did me good. Now, it’s back to the cold and back to popping vitamin D pills in Denmark!
Among all the new year messages I got this year, there was one that stood out. One of the paragraphs, in a lovely verse, my uncle wrote was this:
this teen needs
more patience, more love
let faith take a leap
and greet afresh
hello, happy sixteen.
As I read it, I thought about how I had treated 2015. How had I viewed all the experiences of the past year? Had I been kind? Was I patient towards it? Not so much. I had let 2015 be tainted by (what seemed to me) the failure of having lost something that I had achieved; of reaching a goal only to see it slip away abruptly. And that made me view 2015 as a year where I did not make much progress.
But that’s not true. There were other goals I realized. And there were so many moments of joy, of laughter, of happiness that I had forgotten. Moments I had pushed to the unreachable, far recesses of my mind.
So this year, I’m doing something that’s going to help me cherish, remember and be grateful for all the happy moments. I’m making a ‘Happy Moments Jar’ for my family. We’re going to jot down, on small pieces of paper, everything – small and big - that makes us joyful and grateful in 2016. And at the end of this year, we’re going to read them aloud, together. I’m envisioning a jar filled to the brim with notes!
If you’d like to make a Happy Moments Jar too, all you need is an empty jar of some kind glass, a gift tag and ribbon. Alternatively, you can make a happy moments label and stick it on to your jar. Fill it in with things that make you grateful, things that are funny and make you laugh, things you enjoy, goals you accomplish, dreams you realize. Nothing is too small or too big for the Happy Moments Jar.
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. - Ashley Montagu
Do you and your family have any special ways to remember the good times and events? How are you going to remember the happy moments of 2016?
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