We welcome every new year with celebration. It’s easy at the beginning of the year to call it happy and expect good things. Will it last?
If we don’t do something we’ll find ourselves with a good riddance attitude at the end of the year.
Would you like this year to be good? There’s one thing you can do.If we don’t do something we’ll find ourselves with a good riddance attitude at the end of the year. Click To Tweet
What is a Good Year?
Problem free? Happiness, rainbows, and unicorns? No. That’s ridiculous.
A good year isn’t a perfect year. A good year isn’t a problem-free year. A good year is a year you can call good in spite of the troubles that may arise.
A good year is something you can make. I know because I’ve done it—even with years containing tragedy.
One thing made the difference. A gift I’ll share with you.A good year is something you can make. Click To Tweet
Even with Seesaw Circumstances
Last year my life had a mixture of things happen both bad and good. There was grief and celebrations.
- Deaths in the family and additions to the family.
- Financial losses and gains.
- Business failures and successes.
Back and forth. This seesawing of circumstances caused complicated emotions.
It was difficult in many ways but still, I can call it a good year. That one thing made the difference.
Even with Tragic Circumstances
Five years ago my life contained an epic amount of emotional devastation. There was grief upon grief in my immediate family.
- A death in the family.
- A life ruining diagnosis for a family member.
- A devastating rupture in the family.
- The near loss of two more family members who had to fight for their lives.
Emotionally it was the most painful year of my life.
Yet when the year was coming to a close I could call it a good year. Am I nuts?
No. I was just as surprised as you are now.
I was given a gift by the Spirit of Grace that I’ve been unwrapping ever since—one thing I could do.
The Gift of Focus
When first offered the gift I scoffed at it.
Deeply entrenched in my pain I didn’t understand it. To me, it was just a bunch of words* that hurt to read because they were so contrary to my circumstances. The Spirit of Grace gently pressed and I opened my broken heart to accept it.
I didn’t understand it wasn’t just a bunch of words or what Christian’s call a prophecy—it was the gift of focus.
Every day after I accepted this prophecy* I read it out loud and it directed my attention to hopeful expectation.
Good became what I was looking at and looking for instead of the pain and my circumstances. By the end of the year, my hope and faith became stronger in the face of the pain.
I didn’t understand the gift of focus at that time but have seen it work in the years following as I continue to focus on what is good directed by the Spirit of Grace.By the end of the year, my hope and faith became stronger in the face of the pain. Click To Tweet
One Thing to Do
This past year I did one thing that helped me tap into the gift of focus in a different way. I had what I call a Good Things jar. Every morning I’d write at least one good thing from the day before.
Some days were easier than others. Some days I wrote a list of good things. But every day, all 365 of them I sat and pondered the prior day looking for good.
Then I’d write it down, fold up the colored paper and put it in the jar.
On New Year’s Day, I emptied the jar and read the evidence of a good year. I was reminded of things I’d forgotten about that were worthy of celebration.
But even before I read them I’d already celebrated the good all year—by focusing on it.
I started it again for this year.
A Good Things jar is a great tool to direct your focus to the good.
Actively seeking good fosters positivity and helps overcome negativity and rumination. When you look for the good it will appear. Even within the confines of grieving, there is some good to be found. There are those who comfort, support and help.
Even on your worst day celebrate you’re alive and breathing. I’m glad you are.
Celebrating the good causes good feelings to rise up inside you and will make any day better. Add those days together and they can make a year good.
What do you think?
- Will a Good Things Jar serve you well? You can start one any day of the year. Let me know if you do.
- Do you feel surrounded by trouble and want to feel surrounded by God instead? Watch this music video Surrounded
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- Here are some free resources to help you endure, feel loved, known and empowered.
*For more about the prophecy I talked about see page 167 of Emerging With Wings, the Puzzle Piece Full Recovery.
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