I love a fresh start. Love. It. LOVE! IT! Can’t overstate that enough. Love a fresh start. Clean slate. New notebook, new calendar, that new pen smell (yes, it exists). And a new year? Oy! Don’t even get me started.
Well, I guess that’s the whole point of this post, right? To wax poetic about the bright, shiny NEW year and what I intend to do with it?
Well, I’ll tell you that much. I intend to do good.
In December, we saw a lot of drama in the news, didn’t we? I mean, aside from the obvious big stories of Newtown and the Fiscal Cliff; we also saw stories of holiday angels who would make a point to help people who needed help by paying off layaway or giving them boxes filled with money or just handing out mittens or sandwiches or boots.
People like to help people during the holidays; we reach out and embrace and connect, make grand gestures… but what about those eleven other months of the year? We might not be so inclined to be generous with our time or money or spirit. I want to change that.
Pinterest played a role in my plan (as it is wont to do) when I saw this idea for a jar where you write down good deeds. “I can so do that,” I thought to myself. So I dug through the cabinets and found a jar. I printed up a label. Cut up some paper strips. Put a lid on it. My kids are familiar with the “good job jar” concept (filled with candy, a treat for finishing an assigned task), but I hope they will take to this good job jar of a different sort. Because, the next step in this process is a challenge to my family. To do good. To be kind. To make a point, at least once per week, to reach out and do something nice for someone else. From the simplest, smallest thing (holding open a door) to a bigger thing (help a stranger change a flat), goodness is easy to spread.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive. I created my jar with things I have in the house (though I did check out some very cool jars in the stores this holiday season) and the kindnesses we do for others don’t have to be costly—it’s just a matter of sharing kindness.
Good has power far beyond fear and evil. Goodness inspires and empowers. And I can’t wait to see it spread in 2013.