Another tool I use regularly when I teach journaling classes is Three Small Questions. They really aren’t small questions at all but what I want from the participants is small (read: brief) answers. Workshop participants leave with a workbook that has all types of prompts including a long list of small questions. They are asked to choose 3 questions a week to answer everyday. It’s great if they can answer them on the page, but it’s also fine to answer the questions while they are in the shower or on their commute. Today, I am encouraging you to take the Three Small Questions Challenge. Ask yourself these questions for seven days in a row so that you can see how your answers change or don’t change over the course of time and then act accordingly. I’ll explain this more after we look at this week’s three small questions.
What do I cherish?
What might I do differently?
What do I need right now more than anything else?
Here are my answers:
What do I cherish? Being with loved ones.
What brought me joy today? Having wonderful friends over for dinner to discuss Plan B by Anne Lamott.
What do I need right now more than anything else? Plan my week in a deliberate fashion in order to get everything done before going to the beach next week!
Feel free to share your answers here today and/or everyday this week. And watch your answers so that you can learn from them. For example, if one of my answers this week to What do I cherish? is “my family” and, yet, I haven’t talked to my parents in a week, I need to reflect on that incongruency and engage in different actions. If for three days straight I say that I need sleep more than anything else then the question becomes why am I not giving myself what I need. Use these three small questions to find a balancing center in your life this week!