Tutorial Tuesday: Customize Your Own Thankful Jar
Ever have a gloomy day?
One of the best ways I’ve found to get myself out of a deep funk is to catalogue all of the things I have to be thankful for. I just keep writing them down and thinking up more until I get out of my pity party.
I have an on-going list in my notebook and have the rule that I can’t repeat any item on the list. Often, by the time I’m done reading through the several hundred items listed, I’m already remembering what a blessed life I live even without adding a single extra line.
While I still use my thankful list in my notebook as homework to get myself out of the doldrums, I now also have a thankful jar. I’m definitely not the first person to ever come up with this idea, but I love that it’s so easy to customize for different people.
- A pretty container to hold your completed thanksgivings
- Some slips of paper to write on
- A writing utensil
- Maybe a container to hold your empty slips of paper
Both of my pretty glass pieces came from Hobby Lobby on sale and also had the benefit of gift cards, but you can use mason jars, empty tin cans, baskets, boxes, birdhouses...be creative!
I’m a very visual person, so I love having a big clear jar to keep tabs on my growing reasons to be thankful. Just seeing it sitting in my living room reminds me to count my blessings. I also keep a pen and a little urn with empty paper slips next to it so that I can write down my thoughts right as my gratitude is overflowing.
If this is a new experience for you, try just coming up with 5 or 10 items. It’s sometimes easier and more worthwhile to make them very specific, like “My encouraging, hilarious mother” and “My generous, hard-working father” rather than “my family.” On particularly gloomy days, start with very basic things and be thankful that your hands work, or that you can breathe, or that you have clean drinking water.
You can also be creative about where you place your thankful jar. I decorated this one for my lovely mommy to have in her red and turquoise kitchen. There is a little shelf above her sink where I envisioned this being a cheerful reminder to her as she does the unloved task of washing dishes.
My thankful jar lives in my living room since that’s the area where most of my relaxation time is spent. Maybe your bedroom or dorm room could use a thankful jar. Maybe you should keep a little thankful box in your car’s glove compartment. If you decide to do this little project, leave a comment and let me know how yours is decorated and where you keep it!
Take the steps necessary to pursue a persistently thankful heart! I hope this easy project is just the thing to help you have a cheerful and creative day!
I Thessalonians 5:18