An old jam jar

Have you got an old jar with lid?Image result for empty jars

Have you got pieces of paper where you can write a simple phrase?

Have you got a pen?

If you answered yes to all of this, you are set to go and create something special….perhaps a new tradition in your household. A new antidote for a bad day!

Here’s how it works: Every night before you go to bed write down in few words something that made you smile, something that made you laugh, something that you enjoy doing, something you have achieved. Put the date,  fold it and put it in the jar.

Try to do it every day. Yes, EVERY day.

For example what made me smile yesterday was playing Scalextric with my son. So I wrote it down, put the date, folded it and into the jar.

I feel it will be the perfect antidote for a bad day. Consider: you have had a bad day and everything seems or feels wrong. Open the jar, start to read the few words and I think probably a smile will turn up in your face.

Try it.

(At the end of the day it is the new year and it is the perfect time to try something new).

Image result for empty jars


 

Rough translation

 

Tenés un frasco con tapa vacío?

Tenés papel en blanco donde puedas escribir una frase corta?

Tenés algo con qué escribir?

 

Si la respuesta es sí a todas las preguntas, tenés todo lo que necesitas pas crear algo especial…tal vez hasta una nueva tradición en tu casa, o el antídoto perfecto para un mal día.

Así es como funciona: Al fin del día, antes de irte a dormir, escribí en un papel , en pocas palabras, algo que te haya sacado una sonrisa, algo que te haya hecho bien, algo que hayas disfrutado, algo que hayas logrado. Poneles la fecha, doblalo y guardalo en el frasco.

Intenta hacerlo todos los dias. Si, TODOS los días.

Por ejemplo, lo que me hizo sonreír ayer fue jugar al Scalextric con mi hijo. Lo escribí, le puse la fecha , lo doblé y lo metí dentro del frasco.

Creo que va a ser el antídoto perfecto para un mal día. Pensalo: tuviste un muy mal día y todo se ve mal…todo se siente mal. Abrí el frasco, empezá a leer los papeles, y seguramente una sonrisa aparecerá en tu cara.

Intentalo.

(A fin de cuentas es el año nuevo y es el momento perfecto de probar algo distinto).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self explanatory

I find the great thing in this world is not so much
where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
—Goethe

“Lo mejor de este mundo no es adónde estamos,

sino en que dirección nos movemos”

Goethe

 

 

Fundamentally human.

Sorting papers out, I found this little quote.

Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still, be good enough.

You can make mistakes, and still, be capable and talented.

You can let people down and still, be worthwhile and deserving of love.

Everyone has disappointed someone they care about.

Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes.

Not because we are inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we are imperfect and fundamentally human.

Expecting anything different is setting yourself up to failure.”

Daniell Koepke

I think we should remember this every single day. As we may try to be the best versions of ourselves, day in , day out, we still are as the quote says, fundamentally human and we are, at the end of the day  prone to mess up, to disappoint, to make mistakes.

This should be taught to children, so they can embrace their humanity wholeheartedly, they can be perfectly imperfect, fundamentally human.

Also – lest we forget – we should teach masterly lessons on how important it is to recognise our imperfections and act upon them. So we can restore, once more the balancing scales until next time.

P.S. Dear Daniell Koepke, thank you for writing this. Whomever you are, wherever you are.