I know...it's actually Sunday, but we're talking about "Friday Boxes" today, specifically how they could fit into your New Year and the changes you want to make.
See...if 2016 taught us anything, it's that we live in a world of negativity. It's pervasive and surrounds us from every direction, and it can really get under your skin. But you have the choice to passively sit by and let it consume you, or work to focus on the good. Obviously, since I used the word "work," the second option takes a little more energy.
However, after watching the way that 2015 unfolded, and knowing that 2016 was only going to get a lot worse because of that pesky election-thing, I make the conscious decision last year that I wanted to teach my children how to focus on the good, no matter how small, in the midst of the bad. And, never one to let me down, our lives in 2016 had a lot of bad in them. I think they were just trying to help me focus on making this a true learning experience!
Thus, the "Friday Box" was born. Every Friday, no matter where we happened to be, the boys took a slip of paper and wrote down the best thing (or things) to happen that week. It could be something as simple as a special lunch out, or a big thing like a fun experience at overnight camp. Faithfully, every Friday, they complied, until it became second nature.
This past Friday, the last of the year, we opened up the boxes and read the papers aloud, remembering the good times from the year. While a couple of "we had no school" had slipped through, the vast majority of them were about little things, and good times, and we spent well over two hours just reminiscing about the good times we had experienced this past year.
It's human nature for most to remember the bad more vividly than the good - it's how we evolved to make sure we stayed safe by remembering those negative experiences vividly so that we could avoid them in the future. So, what do you want to remember about 2017?
Giggles and laughter, smiles all around...those are the things that I want to remember. The "Friday Box" tradition is here to stay at our house. Will you start it at yours?
As an aside, moms, this is a good book to help you re-center your spirit and soul, too. We all know that "when mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy," but I think the opposite is true, too. Let's ring in this new year on a happy note. The world around us largely sucks, that's true, but we don't have to let it suck us in. Let's choose JOY!