Today’s work is inspired, in part, by a Radiolab story about famed physicist Richard Feynman and the cataclysm sentence exercise. In that exercise, the task was/is to write, in one spare sentence, the most important information to pass on to surviving humans in the event of a cataclysmic, near-extinction event.
Our work today will be similar but different. And yes, it’s also similar to the work from last Tuesday, 21 December, in which the reflection was about lessons learned.
The difference between the two activities is the difference between learning and feeling, between knowledge and happiness.
Here we go:
If you can keep just one happy memory from this year to take forward into the rest of your life, what will it be?
Doing this exercise requires both identifying happy memories from this challenging year AND choosing which one, and only one, is essential for your long-term wellbeing.
If you do it right, this work should be more challenging than it appears on paper. But you’re up to the task. I know you are.
See you tomorrow.
P.S. – Every day, for three more days, I post the book: December Sanity Journal.