Katie Eborall found her anxiety growing as her home city of Leeds, England, went into lockdown more than a week ago. Explaining what was happening to her two small children, ages 2 and 4, also wasn’t easy, which is why she soon found herself brainstorming ways to make their home seem like a positive and safe place to be. That’s when she came up with an idea that has begun to spread and fill people with a sense of hope for the future.
It was Day 1 of the lockdown when it suddenly came to her. Something she and her family could do to have things to look forward to. A “bucket list jar,” which she’s been using every day since.
“Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we’re going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar,” Eborall shared in her now viral Facebook post. “When all this is over this will be our bucket list and we’ll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives. Until then we’ll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.”
After she shared her idea on Facebook, on March 24th, it has been shared well over 100,000 times.
The ideas don’t have to be great big things, simple activities that the family miss like hugging grandparents, going to the park, and even going to school are on there. They say they did add some bigger ticket items; like going to Disney. Just to keep it interesting.
But a simple idea that can bring hope in a heavy time is a beautiful thing. It’s your Good News Story of the Day and you can find it in full here. But perhaps you should consider starting your own bucket list of what you would like to do after this pandemic passes. Do not underestimate the power of hope.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Story and Image from CafeMom.