Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Deep Reflection

In 5 Questions for Deeper Reflection from  @DavidGeurin Blog,  David Geurin shares,

“Reflection is important for growth. But we have to be intentional about it. Our reflection is meaningless unless we do something with it. It has to change us. Or, it has to help us change directions. Effective people are reflective people.”

I like to reflect on the things I’ve done because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I like to think about the things I’ve accomplished during the day and what I need to do the next day. The main questions that I ask myself at the end of each day are:

1.     What have I accomplished today?
2.     What did I not do that I wanted to do today?
3.     Why did I not do those things?
4.     What do I need to do tomorrow?
5.     What would I do differently if I could do today over?
6.     Did I get enough exercise today?
7.     Did I eat healthy today?
8.     How can I make tomorrow even better?

At first, I used to keep this list handy and at the end of each day, I would write in a journal about my day. I would answer these questions and seeing my answers in writing helped me get a better picture of my day. Eventually answering these questions became a habit and I no longer need the list of questions as a prompt for my reflection.

I feel that these reflections have made me more effective and efficient in my life. I feel happier than I would be if I didn’t reflect on my day. I also think my attitude about my life is noticeable to others and this helps them see me as an effective person also.

Do you reflect on your day? If so, please share.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

99 Things Meme Revisited

In Revisiting the 99 things meme from Blue Skunk Blog, Doug Johnson shares his answers to the 99 Things Meme. I decided I also wanted to revisit it too. So, here are my answers.

THE 99 THINGS MEME (original)
Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland/world.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped. (No way!)
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.

20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a marathon.
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (at least the countries they came from)
35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.

39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted. (caricature must count)
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

Been there done that, got the t-shirt: 72
Wish I had: 10
No desire: 18

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