Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be cathartic. Recently I was given a journal of self-exploration, and it challenged me to circle the things that are most important to me in my life. Things I really value above all else. The trouble is I am prone to over- analysis.
Adding a magnitude of difficulty is that the list was finite. Trouble? I think so.
- Do I value Laughter? Well of course, but does that include mocking, self-serving or sarcastic laughter – NO.
- Travel – In hindsight I should have circled travel – but it isn’t really essential to contented life, is it? It is more of a bonus in life.
- Earth – I am an environmentalist – I feel a stab of guilt that I neglected to circle this.
- Sight – ???? I didn’t circle it so what does that indicate?
- Home – who doesn’t value their home? Even homeless folk value homes. But what is a home without family?
- Honesty – does that make me a dishonest person. Why didn’t I circle honesty?
- Shoes – I am not a girl obsessed with shoes. Why is this even an option? Then again, it is pretty hard to go without shoes altogether.
You see – Over-analysis. It is a problem!
I framed the book’s question as matters most essential to me – things that I would not want to be without. But they needed a few more options, I thought.
Things I would add to this list:
The final task in this exercise in self-exploration was to circle the things that you would rather worship/admire/value.
My list looked like this:
Are you noticing a theme here? I circled the same seven things!
If you completed this exercise, what would it be that you circled?
What are the things you worship/value/that are most important to you in your life ?
What then would you circle as things you would rather worship/value?
What else do you think should be included in the darn list?
Something Important to Ponder About