morning babble / Sunday 4-11-21

I slept in. Felt good. So, this is 101 of Morning Babbles. The 101st 5k run of the year is coming up on the treadmill. I did get my Covid shot yesterday, too. Feeling good there, too. It was the JNJ one, so I’m done. Immediately, I reached out to my parents and told them that I can hug them in 3 weeks. I can’t wait.

Books – Let’s talk about journaling

  • Another popular journal is by Julia Cameron: The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal. I know that Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, and many others use it continuously. This is when you start the day with a blank page and simply write whatever comes to mind. I’ve heard it referred to as a brain dump – whether it’s one page or many more – just write it all out. I have to admit that I have not tried this one yet. Mainly because I feel that I enjoy a journal with a prompt, but it is extremely popular, so I really do need to give a whirl sometime soon.
  • The Daily Stoic Journal is by far my most favorite one. I tried this one for the first time in 2018 and went back to it again for this year. It can be used along side The Daily Stoic, but it’s certainly not a necessity. I find myself writing in a different way with this journal. The depths that are reached within me are truly felt with what I spill out onto the pages. There’s a prompt that you write to in the morning & evening, and I look forward to it each and every time I sit down in our house library.
  • Finally, another favorite of mine is the simple One Line A Day journal. This is where I write down such things as “I got my Covid shot. Elliott’s opening day baseball game was played. And – we had a campfire last night with S’mores!” I enjoy looking back at the happy moment as well as the sad ones that I experienced on that very same day one year ago, two years ago, etc. I’m on year number 4 and have loved the experience more & more with each year I write in it.

“If you want to learn, if you want to improve your life, seeking out teachers, philsophers, and great books is a good start. But this approach will only be effective if you’re humble and ready to let go of opinions you already have.” – by Ryan Holiday via The Daily Stoic, p113

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