|Image by Polly Taskey, Pagan by Design|
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
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.
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.