Seven Pages of Life

...introducing a new, holistic concept of journaling...

Another day invested with what return?

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Suggested Guidelines

Below are some suggestions for maintaining your journal. It is not at all necessary that the journalist comment on each of the Seven Pages every day. They are there simply to guide your thoughts, reminders that life has at least seven dimensions which merit attention.

Name — Your name (or a pseudonym, if you're the cautious type).

About the Day — Here is a spot for general information about the day. What interests's top news stories, weather conditions, community events, elections, etc.? How do these relate to your life?

1. Enrich the Mind — What is happening that challenges your thinking? Here is a place to make note of the books you are reading, the classes you are taking, interesting people who stimulate your thoughts, and other situations which take you beyond your day-to-day thinking.

2. Attend the Body — Here you can record what you are doing for yourself, your family, and others in caring for your physical being. What diet are you following? What gains or losses are you experiencing? Note experiences you have on your daily walks, the interesting people you meet, the wildlife you see, the bursts of energy you feel. Are you learning isometric exercise? Are you enrolled in a gym? What are your health conditions and successes? All of these things are "stuff" for notation.

3. Feed the Spirit — The lyrics of an old song which I first heard in the late 1950's said, "If I can help somebody as I go my way, then my living shall not be in vain!" It's sort of a hymn for volunteers who find great pleasure in helping to serve the needs of others. The spirit can be fed through such service, through attendance at your church, through listening to the needs and hardships of a handicapped person. There's a world and an eternity beyond ourselves which can enrich our lives and the lives of others around us. How do such things impact you?

4. Heed the Past — Those who do not know or appreciate the past are destined to relive it. How can we learn from our personal past, our community history, our national heritage? What opportunities have we missed that we could still take advantage of? Without dwelling on the negatives, what positive changes can we make in our lives to avoid or minimize similar mistakes now and in the future? What about our family history? ...our origin? ...our ethic background and culture? ...our traditions? Make note of the past and consider how it impacts our life today.

5. Live the Present — A friend had a great philosophy...before he griped about anything, he'd force himself to find and state something good about the situation...sort of put things in perspective and brightened the day for him. Consider the great things that are happening and make note of their impact on your life. What is happening and how can you take advantage of it? When you find pleasure, write it down, share it.

6. Create the Future — Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted that plans are nothing but that planning is everything! It's true in personal life as well as on the battlefield. What things should you be thinking about? In what way are you looking ahead? What can you do to help create the kind of future you want? ...lobby for beneficial legislation? ...invest in "green" industries? ...negotiate improved working conditions on your job? What planning needs to be done for your mother's birthday party next month? Are you looking forward to retirement? What are your investment plans? How are you going to get your kids through college?

7. Celebrate Success — Michael LeBeuf's book, The Greatest Management Principle in the World, came to the bottom line: "You get the kind of behavior that you reward." Reward yourself and celebrate your successes and you may find your life changing, that you are experiencing more and greater successes as you recognize and celebrate your accomplishments. Successes need not be major in order to celebrate; reorganizing the contents of a drawer of silverware or completing a small task ahead of schedule are worth a self-pat on the back. Rewards can be simple (sitting in the shade for a few minutes watching birds playing the the birdbath) or more significant (a lunch out, a new suit, a day of leisure). But do recognize success, record each one, celebrate each deserve it!

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