I’ve been thinking a lot lately about reflection. How much time in our life are we devoting to looking at where we are, what we believe, or what we think? Organizations usually have informal or formal processes for reflecting on the work that they are doing, but do individuals? Do you spend anytime looking at where you were, where you are, and where you might want to go? Are you just winging it day-to-day?
This weekend I did a very informal poll at an event and asked 9 women if they had goals or did any kind of reflection and 2 out of the nine had a formal goal setting process. The rest of them didn’t have anything. They were just living day by day. Life is busy, filled with things that happen at a drop of a hat, and we are called to respond over and over. So the idea of taking time out to reflect seems daunting. It doesn’t have to!
Reboot with 10Q
I had the neat opportunity to talk to Reboot, the folks that are responsible for a national (maybe even international) program of reflection – 10Q. They make it easy and give a little structure to taking time each day for 10 days to answer their questions.
“What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year? “I have a fear of letting people down to the point where I sacrifice my peace and well-being. Turns out no one I care about really wants me to do that. It also ends up leaving me resentful! Not really a win win. It works best if I take an honest assessment in the moment and think it through to the end. If it seems like a good thing to do, do it.” 2011 Reboot – Jane Lynch, Emmy Award winning actress, “Glee”
The the idea for the 10Q project emerged during a Reboot gathering in 2008, when Rebooter Nicola Behrman stood up in open space and convened a session called “Susan: Dentist”. She shared a story about finding an old diary in her late grandmother’s house, opening it to a random page and seeing a note scrawled into one of the calendar notes – “Susan: Dentist.” Susan was her own mother and this note from the 1950s got her pondering the fact that this simple calendar event was one of the few things that remained of her grandmother’s “voice.”
Is that what we want to leave the next generation or scan through the years for our own memories… notes about dental appointments. Although important, not exactly the wisdom that I think we want to gain.
Life is Crazy Fast
We ALL know that life is now lived by status updates on social, photos taken to “remember the moment”, and news scanned on our phones. We aren’t exactly taking time ask ourselves the big or small questions that move us. When was the last time you wrote something down that wasn’t part of a giant to do list?
I’m excited that the 10Q starts on my birthday, September 24th. Think of it as my gift to you! Sign up and we can start the Fall on the right foot! It’s easy. You sign up, you get a question a day, and you start the legacy project of creating an annual tradition of answering the questions and building a personal archive of real life reflection for the future years to come. This is the good stuff, folks. Sign up. (You don’t even have to send me a thank you card for this amazon gift, but you can.)
The questions for the 2014 10Q are crazy good. I would share them, but I want you to experience them each day on your own. You will be wowed. I promise.
Let me know how it goes for the next 10 days. I’ll put up a Facebook post on my page and we can talk about the questions and how it all feels to spend a little time for 10 days reflecting on the bigger ideas in our lives.
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