Brianna Wiest says, “Tell me what you did today, and I’ll tell you where you’ll be in 10 years” in a titled piece posted on medium.com. If open to a bit of introspection, Wiest’s article may help to: a) confirm you’re squarely on course, b) suggest a slight directional nudge in activities, or c) indicate your daily routine needs a significant overhaul, to guarantee the desired 10 year-future.
She instructs, “Write down exactly what you did today”. Then asks “Did you work? Did you rest? Did you argue? Did you feel fatigued? Did you eat right? Did you chip away at your creative project? Pretend you lived this day every day for the next 10 years. Where would you be? Healthier, more fulfilled? Sad, more complacent? You decide this now.”
Most of the time I read such self-help articles for purpose 'a', to put my mind at ease that I’m kind of doing okay. I give myself a mental thumbs-up or -down after finishing, and that’s it. I close the page and mostly don’t return to the piece again; its message is soon forgotten.
This time my response was slightly different, mostly because Wiest was asking me (readers) to examine every activity in just one day for its future fulfillment value. In this exercise even the smallest of purposeful moves in a 24-hour period could be up for judgement as well bigger attitudes and intentions.
My take on Wiest’s assignment is that I might best use it as a daily tactic in a broader strategy to lead a happy and purposeful life. Each and every day assess what I am doing and hope the answer helps me navigate in real time. And perhaps at day’s end my gratitude list will include being thankful that at least some part of the day was spent getting me closer to where I want to be in 10 years.
RUN AND MOVE HAPPY!
BRIDGE TO PHYSICAL SELF
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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