It’s All Good.

Written by Mari Farthing, of Mari’s Virtual Notebook & Mari Edits.

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.

Big jar of goodness.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.

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  1. ShaRhonda says:

    See, once again you have proved that Pinterest is for the good of human KIND and not for EVIL. (Big soapbox of mine right now, I may just have to write a post about it, when I can make nice about it, LOL)
    I absolutely love this idea and may have to implement the jar my daughter made me in her class for this idea. Thanks!

  2. I love this “pay it forward” trend happening now and really hope it continues after everyone gets busy being busy. And I love Pinterest too, but it is evil, because it is so awesome and I don’t get my work done. But I love it anyway, and hate it, but love it.

  3. Jen says:

    I have seen other posts – on Pinterest and other sites – that talk about having a good things jar where you write the good things that have happened to you through the year and put them in the jar, then read them on New Year’s the following year to see all the good things that have happened. This is the first I’ve heard of this kind of “goodness” jar, though. I like it! Unfortunately, I don’t have any jars. Looks like I need to buy 2 of them now.

  4. Beth says:

    *jumps up and down*

    Hi! I love you! Because I enjoy communicating via numerated lists, here’s a short list of the reasons you’re my latest new love:

    1. You’re the first BOTM here at OWB (acronyms galore!)
    2. Your blog is apparently adorable. New fan.
    3. I’m fond of the name Sabine.
    4. This post is lovely.
    5. The new year’s shoes are FAHbulous and you properly captured my impatience on, um, every excursion to the outside world.
    6. Your grammar is impeccable. Double yay!

    Honestly, I should probably confess that I would have been excited no matter who was the first OWB blogger, but am happily delighted it is you. Welcome aboard! Come see us over at AWB sometime. 🙂

  5. I like this! Since my children are small–and if I get off my keester to do this awesome idea–I may also let them tell me about when they observed people doing good deeds. By watching and learning, I hope they’ll then start doing. Great idea.

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