Facebook helps us do something we should be doing already.
By now every Facebooker has seen the daily reminders of what you posted previously on this date the year before; it’s creatively labeled On This Day. It began with displaying just what you posted one year ago, I believe. Now, it takes you back several years.
You also see who you became friends with that day and for how long you’ve been connected through Facebook.
What Facebook is doing is helping us to remember.
We need to remember what we’ve experienced, what we’ve learned, even how we’ve loved and how we’ve failed. Remember.
Remembering is good because, in part, it reminds us that life is to be lived. We’re
a little a lot too quick to move on to whatever has grabbed our attention next. Remembering leads to recalling, which leads to reflection, which leads to growth, which leads to wisdom, which leads to an appreciation of what our lives have been.
That’s a big part of why keeping a journal is important–it helps us remember.
Take a crack at doing 1 of 2 things:
- Take 5 minutes everyday to write down your thoughts about your day; creating a video journal seems like a good idea for some people. Don’t worry if you can’t come up with deep insights. That’s not the point. Mention what happened with our family or at work. Were there any particular experiences of the day? Let you know.
- Take 10 minutes out of each week to do exactly what I wrote in #1, applying it to your whole week.
Now if I could just remember my cell phone password.