Day 2 JOURNAL EXERCISE: Keeping it Simple

What types of activities do you relish in the name of keeping it simple?

It could be writing personal musing in a diary. Maybe it's creating a beautiful painting of an outdoor scene.

Or how about something even simpler, like just taking a slow walk around a quiet pond during your lunch hour? With the birds singing in the trees above, branches softly rustling in the wind.

Take this time to write down the simple things that you can do, one small thing each day, that will ground your spirit and bring you pleasure. Make a list of possibilities.

Below, are some suggestions:

  1. Do you have a pet that you enjoy spending time with? Give yourself permission to take a technology time-out so you can offer your dear dog, beloved cat, or other cherished pet a nice belly rub, scratch behind the ears, an afternoon walk, and a treat.

  2. Love to read? Reading is a simple thing you can do each day. Just a few pages will do or aim to complete a chapter a night if that makes you happy and satisfied.

  3. What about a craft? Some enjoy knitting and crocheting. Others do needlepoint or latch hook. Perhaps you find pleasure in penning calligraphy letters on a clean white page in bold, black ink.

If you can't think of any task you'd be good at immersing yourself in, why not return to childhood?

What did you enjoy in your youth? No shame in revisiting old talents to see where they take you.

Today, write down the simple things that gave you a few moments of pure, unadulterated joy. Make it a priority to enjoy them again, tomorrow.