I enjoyed reading Elizabeth Esther’s blog (where she mentioned another blog) about documenting a day in your life. I love peeking into the lives of others… and after watching a video on how we use our time, I thought I’d give it a try. I didn’t want this to be a narcissistic project, though – I wanted to think deeper about it. How am I spending my days? I think I look past a lot of detail as I hurry through my day. As I snapped pictures, I was surprised at the new awareness I had to details and moments of beauty. I felt like I was looking at my life from a fresh perspective.
In Way of the Heart (Nouwen), it says:
“Our calendars are filled with appointments, our days and weeks filled with engagements, and our years filled with plans and projects. There is seldom a period in which we do not know what to do, and we move through life in such a distracted way that we do not even take the time and rest to wonder if any of the things we think, say or do are worth thinking, saying, or doing.”
It made me pause and wonder…How often am I thoughtful and present in my own life? Doing this little activity helped me to see that I can build in moments that will make me more aware of God’s activity and direction in my life (such as the Daily Examen – prayerfully looking back on the day). It helped me see that a little planning could help tone down some of the frenetic pace of my life at times. It also helped me see what some of my least favorite and most favorite parts of my day are – and I starting to think about what I could do to make those least favorite parts better. And, most of all, I realized in a new way how all of these small moments, interactions, activities are building my life. (If you’re interested, you can check out the day in my life on my website.)
Have you ever documented a day in your life? If not, what do you imagine you’d learn? If so, what did you find out about yourself?
Lori Neff is the senior producer of Midday Connection and editor/contributor for Daily Seeds: From Women Who Walk in Faith and Tending the Soul (Moody Publishers). She grew up in a small town in Ohio, spending more time outside in nature than inside. Lori is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is currently studying Spiritual Direction in the Christos program. Her interests include art, humanitarian aid efforts, cooking, gardening, coffee, thinking, learning and spending time with her husband, John (and their three fiesty cats). For more information and her blog please visit Lori’s website.