As soon as the clock hit 3:15pm, I decided it was close enough to 4pm for me to leave work for the day. I closed my laptop, locked my desk, and said a half-hearted goodbye as the door was closing behind me. I don’t think my feet even touched the ground until I was in the elevator.
Tomorrow is my 32nd birthday and that means a lot of things to me. First it means that tomorrow will be another short day at work and that I will have a cocktail in my hand by 5 o’clock. This weekend will be more of the same. Most importantly it means that it’s time to finally break out the memory jar and read through the adventures I experienced over the past year.
A few years ago, I saw a post on Facebook that a friend shared. The post was about the practice of writing down everything amazing that happens to you and putting it in the jar. Then, each year, you read through your memories to remind yourself how fortunate you are.
This has been the best part of my birthday since I’ve adopted the practice. Here are some highlights of my jar for the past year:
- 8/16 – I had a huge fight with my friend, but he still showed up and celebrated my birthday and we decided just to let the fight go.
- 8/16 – Put a terrible situation behind me and learned some responsibility.
- 9/1 – I was offered and accepted my dream job. (I realize that I bitch about my job a lot. It’s nice to be reminded that I am incredibly blessed to have my job.)
- 9/9 – Went to the World Cup of Hockey game and took part in a legitimate “USA” chant.
- 9/20 – Began my Pagan study group
- 10/3 – Went curling for the first time with my friends Garrett and Alex (The Olympic ice sport, not weight lifting).
- 10/4 – Forgave, blessed, and released an old friendship that was no longer serving me. (A year ago, I would never have thought about ending a friendship, no matter how bad it was for me. It’s amazing to see that I have grown.)
- 10/6 – Hired my first employee at my new job!
- 10/14 – Developed my first training piece for my new job (the first time I felt like could actually perform well in my new role.)
- 2/15 – Heard my mom brag to a friend about the Valentine’s Day dinner I made her.
- 2/27 – I threw the best shot at our curling match and won the game for our team!
- 3/10 – Received an unexpected and substantial bonus at work!
- 4/1 – My best friend came back from her travels through Europe and Africa.
- 6/16 – Graduated with my Masters!
- 7/22 – Had a significant experience that let me know that I was on the right spiritual path.
- 8/5 – Made friends with an enemy
Tonight, I will ritually give thanks for the gifts I received in the past year. After burning the memories, I will set intentions for the year to come. Here’s a (very) short list:
- Continue to grow spiritually and professionally
- Spend more time with my family
- Travel to Africa to visit my friend who’s travelling abroad
- Commit to Feri tradition training
- Start my spiritually-based company
Here’s to another great year!