Six Questions Worth Asking Daily
Centuries ago Socrates made the bold statement, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I don’t think I’d go quite that far, but spending a little time daily reflecting on your day can provide insight and growth that you might otherwise miss.
If you regularly read this blog then you know that I’m a fan of a practice called The Daily Examen proposed by St. Ignatius. You can find lots of helpful information on this spiritual practice here. But I recently read a blog post by Eric Ungs that suggested six questions worth asking yourself on a daily basis. It’s a different and refreshing twist on daily reflection that I thought I’d try, and I wanted to invite you along for the journey. Here are the questions:
- What did I do today? Time is your most precious asset. Writing down what you did each day helps you track the patterns of how you’re investing your time, giving you opportunity to align your investment with your values and root out time-wasters.
- How do I feel right now? Many of us are remarkably disconnected from our feelings. We move so quickly through our days that we miss the subtle shifts in mood that can reveal the deeper stirrings of our soul. Be still, dwell in your feelings, name them and write them down.
- What did I enjoy? Tending to what gives you energy over time can reveal your passions. I’ve also found that when I look at my day in the rearview mirror God’s presence becomes clearer in the moments when I’ve experienced uncommon joy.
- What did I learn? Knowing that you’ll be asking yourself this question at the end of the day can engender a deeper curiosity about life.
- What’s one idea that I had today? When you commit to being a life-long learner you begin to realize what a great teacher daily life is, especially your most challenging moments.
- What are three things I’m grateful for? Gratitude is like a muscle; the more you exercise it the stronger it becomes. In my experience gratitude is the broadest and best marked pathway to happiness.
Whether you reflect on these questions at the end of the day or at the beginning, do them all together or spread throughout your day, take time to reflect and record your answers. Life is the most precious gift God has given us. It’s worth reflection and celebration!
If you’re willing to take this journey with me for the next thirty days, leave your name in a comment. I’d love to know how it’s going for you.
If you’d like to read Eric Ungs’ original blog post you can read it here.