Every time the new year rolls around, out come the resolutions – a funny little tradition where we promise ourselves we are going to do more of this and/or less of that. The jokes about how long such resolutions last are both numerous and hilarious. I would be delighted if any of you have stories about actually sticking to a resolution that you’ve made for an extended period of time (and by extended, I mean more than a week!)
This year, like last year, I’m not making any resolutions. Instead, I am setting myself some targets and challenges; given my prepensity for aiming at the stars, this may be just as successful as any previous attempt at resolutions, but I suspect not. In addition to this, I’d like to set you all a challenge or two, as well, if you’re game.
Challenge number one – you may have seen this one floating around social media – I love it: Create for yourself and/or your family, a memory jar. Take an empty, clean glass jar with a lid that screws on, and stick a a label on it for what it is, and the year. Then every time something good happens, write it on a note and place it in the jar. On New Year’s Eve 2020, open the jar and see just how good your year really was.
Challenge number two: Say thank you every day, even if it is to yourself. Harder than you might think.
Challenge number three – this one is for couples, and it’s similar to the first. Get a jar like the one in the first challenge. Then write your partner’s name on it. Here’s the challenging bit. Each month, write down one note for each day of the following month. Each note must say something about: 1) things you love about them 2) special moments you’ve shared 3) things you appreciate about them 4) how much they mean to you. Fold each note and put them in the jar.
Now, either each month give the jar to your partner as a gift OR each day of the next month, leave one of the notes for your partner to find.
Tough enough? Give it a shot and let us know how you go
On a broader basis, I’d love to see our community and social groups growing, and so I’ve set myself a challenge to do more promotion of those groups to encourage participation than I have before, in new and possibly unique ways. I’m also challenging myself to organise more social outings, because the disconnection in our community isn’t getting any smaller, and actually, y’know, interacting in the Real World is a way to change that.
That is the very basis of community, is it not? And only together, can we change things for the better.