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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Conduct a Daily Review

Roman Catholicism has an interesting exercise called an "Examination of Conscience." In order to prepare for the sacrament of confession, a faithful Catholic will go through this list of questions centered around applications of the Ten Commandments.

Not a Catholic? Then why not make your own?

Make a list of the things that are important to you. (You may remember mine: Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, and Peace). You might add "issues" that you’re dealing with, like anger, or procrastination.

Then, create a list of questions as a sort of "checkup" on how you're doing.

For example, under "Compassion," you might ask:

Did I listen compassionately to all who came to me today?
Did I help those who asked for it?
Did I seek opportunities to help even before being asked?
Did I contribute concretely to the happiness and well-being of others?

Now, go through your list every day. This might be done at the end of the workday, or at bedtime. As you do, note places where you can do better tomorrow.

Little by little, you'll find yourself doing better and better.

And when you do, you'll be happier.

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