Captain’s log, stardate 20221118
Longtime friend of the list Joe Jacobi wrote in with a reply to a recent message with a personal anecdote that takes my original point to the next level (shared with permission, bold mine):
Bon Dia, Jonathan,
What a great step back! And one that hits close to home.
About 10 years ago, I started to journal again using a format from my many years of keeping a training log during my days as a canoeing athlete. One of the evening questions I ask is, “Who did you serve today?”
When a sports school asked me to speak to students about keeping a training log, I tweaked this question to, “How did you serve your sport today?”
- Did you pick up a piece of trash along the river?
- Did you share an experience from your training camp with classmates?
- Did you write a message of thanks to a past top performer?
It’s not that the “Who did I serve” question asked once is so magical. But if you ask it every day, you’ll cringe on the days you leave it blank.
All the best to you, Jonathan!
With gratitude, -Joe
Thanks to Joe for writing in! :-)