Revisiting old good stuff, looking forward to new good stuff

Back in March of this year, I was bemoaning the fact that our Good Stuff jar was to that point sitting empty. And that was right at the start of what has become nine months (and counting) of pandemic isolation, having to stay away from family and friends and… well, really, anyone and everyone other than those in your household. To say nothing of the worldwide human, economic, and moral devastation the virus has wrecked.

I knew then that I would have to make a concerted effort to keep an eye out to find good things that occurred. I told myself I wasn’t going to stretch the kind of experiences I put in there just to fill it out–Another day of not stubbing a toe! Huzzah!–but rather that, given stuff was already getting pretty bleak in the world this year, knowing I’d need to put some added effort into finding the good that happened and be sure to track it.

Well, it worked.

While not as full as it was last year (I mean, how could it be?), the Good Stuff jar actually has a surprising volume of notes in it, all of which we opened today, per the burgeoning tradition, to revisit the genuinely good stuff that 2020 was able to squeak out for us.

For anyone understandably feeling like 2020 was an ass of a year, I humbly recommend you start your own Good Stuff jar for the new year. It lets you re-live everything particularly positive that happened to you and your loved ones.

And we can all use more of that.

Happy New Year, all.