Tuesday, August 21, 2018
I like the Ecuadorian tradition of burning effigies in the street on New Years Eve, a fun way of saying goodbye and good riddance to whatever one is glad to be done with - and so the other day I decided to add something to my observance of the tradition this year. After my recent move, I started a gratitude jar. Little slips of paper with random daily gratitudes get folded up and dropped into the jar whenever the urge arises during the passing days. On New Year's Eve, my wife and I will open all of these slips of paper and have fun reviewing the many blessing of the months before. Perhaps we'll even burn all of them along with our effigy in the street while fireworks explode all around. Then after midnight, the jar will be empty - making room for the New Year.