Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Year’s: Resolutions, Shmezzolutions

by Kaye George

I usually do make New Year’s resolutions, but do I ever keep them? Only if I rig it--make a resolution I already know I’ll do. It’s kind of a depressing practice because it so often sets me up for failure. Never again!

I’m starting a new tradition, beginning this year. It was prompted by one of those funny picture thingies on Facebook. Lots of them make me chuckle a little, some make me laugh out loud, some make me shake my head, but this one made me stop and think. Here’s what it said:

**Start 2013 off with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. On new years eve (sic), empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.

Writers, we can use these for our successes. A publication, a review, a kind word about something we wrote, or interest in our work.

Being prone to depression, I keep things around that I can review when I feel myself starting to crash--funny books and movies usually. I also have an *attagirl* file with accomplishments so I can remind myself that I can do stuff when I set my mind to it. This is kind of an extension of that. It’s a Good Things Jar, a Feel Good Jar. I think I’ll get a big one.

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Kathy Waller said...

This is a great idea, much more productive than taking note of failures. I have an old, enormous glass Miracle Whip jar that would be perfect. Maybe using slips of colored paper would add a nice touch.

Kaye George said...

Yes, colored paper sounds excellent!

Laura Cooper said...

Great idea for writing successes or even the whole family. Thanks for the tip!

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Kaye George said...

Good luck with the jar, and the new year!