The Power of Reflection

B-FranklinBenjamin Franklin began each day with a simple meditation: What good shall I do this day? He ended each day with another: What good have I done today?

It is difficult to come up with a better way to start or end one’s day. Socrates observed so long ago that “a life unexamined is not worth living”. How easy it is to get caught up in the tasks, errands, meetings, social obligations, and time wasters that clutter our days. Is it not worthwhile to step back at least twice a day and ask ourselves if we are doing what we should be doing?

Here are some questions we could ask in this daily examination:

In the morning-

What have I planned and scheduled for today? Do these things serve my needs, the needs of my family and the needs of my community?

Have I allowed time to take care of myself? Do I have time to eat properly, get needed exercise, take time to relax and renew myself, and spend some time reading and learning new things?

Have I allowed time to be of service to others including my family, my friends, and my community?

In the evening-

Have I spent time today doing the things in the morning list above? If I have not, how can I make sure I do them tomorrow?

This is not a complicated formula. It does not take a lot of time. It may however be the best use of a few minutes each day in our busy lives.

Give it a try. See if you agree with Ben Franklin and if you find your life is better lived as a result.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.