December 30, 2012

The Kindness Jar


Image by Polly Taskey, Pagan by Design
So many of us long for positive and uplifting things in our lives...an end to fighting, struggling, sadness, chaos...but too few of us actually "do" anything about it, whether for ourselves or for others. Recently, some of my Facebook friends have passed around an invitation to perform "26 Acts of Kindness" in honor of those who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Of course I joined in, but my first thought was, "why limit it to 26, or 50, or even a thousand?!".

I tell you, the Full Moon of December 2012 is truly magical because the sequence of events immediately following that Facebook invitation have sparked something amazing that is going viral in mere MINUTES! I'll fill you in on the details in a moment, but first, the rest of the back-story...

Today, another dear Facebook friend (Leonie) from Australia shared an image (see below), which I shared on my own page, which was then seen by another amazing friend in the UK who has taken the idea to the "next level". The photo you see in the opening of this post is my own creation for "The Kindness Jar".

As you'll notice in the original Facebook image and caption, the jar was intended to allow folks to write down all the great things that happen to them, or that they accomplish throughout 2013, and put them in the jar so that at the of the year, folks can look back and recall the good things they can be grateful for - rather than dwelling on negatives. As many of us know, negative breeds negativity and positive breeds positivity!

The Kindness Jar Community (newly-formed on Facebook by my sweet UK friend, Cheryl) is taking the concept even further! Not only can you jot down those happy events you've found for yourself, but you can also use the jar to "pay-it-forward" with random acts of kindness toward others (which, in my opinion, brings more happiness than the things I have done for myself anyway)!

You might use the jar for other positive things as well...hopes, plans and dreams, New Year's Resolutions, instilling positive acts of kindness among your children (let them add to the jar each time they do something good for themselves or for another), unique ideas you can use in the future to assist others...it's all about the "good stuff"! The world definitely needs more of that!

Here are some ideas off the top of my head for ways you can begin filling YOUR Kindness Jar (remember, giving money is wonderful but there are a billion other ways to show kindness and care to yourself and those you encounter each day):
  • Jot down any good memorable thing; a pretty sunset, promotion, a laugh with friends, etc
  • Volunteer at the local soup kitchen, food pantry or animal shelter
  • Share a lunch or a visit with someone you don't even know who is in nursing care
  • Help a wheelchair-bound person reach items on higher shelves in the grocery store
  • Send an anonymous card to the children's hospital with a gift card and well-wishes inside
  • Shovel the snow or weed the flowerbed for your elderly neighbor
  • Donate the fresh vegetables from your garden to the local food bank
  • Help a friend's child with their homework when Mom or Dad are busy or away
  • Make a simple craft or plate of goodies for a sick friend or neighbor
  • Remember to treat YOURSELF right too! Every time you have a self-bashing thought, turn it into a positive affirmation and put that in your jar
What would YOU add to this basic list? Will you join me, and so many others, this year in making the world a little bit "happier place to be"? If you'd like to craft a jar like I've done above, I'll quickly explain what I used...

Rather than a quart-sized jar, I chose a half gallon-sized canning jar (I anticipate LOTS of good stuff!), cut out a piece of a paper bag, painted a background, designs and words on it, adhered it to the jar with spray adhesive (use in well-ventilated area only), then tied ribbons and raffia around the top. Hanging from the ribbons are two handmade cinnamon decorations...one is a Prosperity Pentacle and the other a Star. I chose the warm color of blue, white for purity and green for prosperity...along with a bit of glittery silver paint to honor the magic, the Goddess and the Moon.

Here is the original Facebook image I had mentioned in the opening of the post. I'm sorry I don't know where it originated from in order to give proper credit to its' creator.

Perhaps, at the end of the year, if we all open our jars at roughly the same time on New Year's Eve, then a flood of Magical glittery goodness will encircle the Earth...maybe we will even hear angels sing and see fairies dance as we unleash the "goodness" and power we have created and shared!
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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.

4 Comments:

MagicLoveCrow said...

This is fantastic Polly! I love this idea!!! Thank you!

Polly said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this Stacy! Please share the idea with your friends...the more the merrier :) I think, at the end of 2013, if we all open our jars at the same time then a flood of Magical glittery goodness will encircle the Earth...perhaps we will even hear angels sing and see fairies dance as we unleash the power we have created and shared!

Polly said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this Stacy! Please share the idea with your
friends...the more the merrier :) I think, at the end of 2013, if we all
open our jars at the same time then a flood of Magical glittery
goodness will encircle the Earth...perhaps we will even hear angels sing
and see fairies dance as we unleash the power we have created and
shared!

Robbie ChaosGrave said...

I fully love the idea!

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