Do you Serve Others?

One of my peer groups turned me on to the practice of journaling each day. It has helped me focus and has been an effective tool to capture a day in my life. But, most of all, journaling has helped me better understand where to expend efforts and resources.

I use the Journey app so that I can see journal entries across my devices. There are other similar apps, but many people use a notepad. Any recording system can work.

Every morning, I write on two prompts: “I am grateful for…” and “What would make today great?”

Wrapping up each day, I write:

  • Three good things that happened today:
  • How could I have made today better?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • Who did I help today?
  • How do I feel?
  • I have been thinking about… (challenges I am facing and what I can do about them)

While all questions are engaging, “Who did I help today?” has special meaning to me because the question’s implication is to ask it in the absence of a quid pro quo.

I answer with a person or people’s names to be specific, and sometimes the answer to this question may be more than one person in a day.

By doing this, I can visualize the people I’ve helped, and realizing that I have helped over 300 people this year is a potent stimulus!

Do you journal? If so, post your favorite writing prompts, questions you ask yourself, or self- reflections in the comments.

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