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Remember the Good Times

Recently, I was browsing through blogs on Tumblr (a daily occurrence) and came across an interesting post. It read: “Start the new year with an empty jar and fill it with notes every time something good happens. On the last day of 2014, empty the jar and see what wonderful stuff the year has brought you.”


What a great idea! I thought excitedly. I should definitely try this.


It is unfortunate that  so many of us (myself included) seem to focus only on the negative aspects of our lives—getting a bad grade on an exam, having an argument with your best friend, spilling coffee on your favorite shirt, going through a breakup with your significant other, etc. We let ourselves get so caught up in everything that’s going wrong that we fail to perceive all the things that are actually going right.


What about the time someone complimented you on the short story you spent hours writing for Creative Writing class? Don’t you remember when you got the job promotion you’d been eagerly waiting for? How about that awesome concert your friends took you to on your birthday? Sadly, it seems that the majority of these memories slips from our minds, replaced by bitter thoughts and emotions.

I propose we change that, starting this year. I hope all of you guys will join me in making your own memory jars for the year 2014. Jot down every time someone puts a smile on your face—or you on his/hers. Before long, you’ll have an entire jar full of amazing moments, reminding you how truly blessed you are in life.

Lindsey Moses is a junior majoring in English at SUNY Oswego. She is currently a member of Alpha Sigma Eta, Oswego’s chapter of the International English Honor Society, as well as an editor for the Great Lake Review literary magazine. She also works as a tutor in the Writing Center, where she helps fellow students focus, develop, and organize their writing. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys reading, writing, traveling, listening to music, and attending concerts.
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