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What are you committed to? A journal writing exercise.

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There is nothing wimpy about commitment. If you are making a commitment to something, you care deeply about it.

This evening I offer you a simple but powerful journal writing prompt.

In your journal, write the question: “What am I committed to?” Or, if you prefer to make a declaration: simply, declare: “I Am committed to…” then begin to write. Just see what comes out.

I like this exercise because it quickly galvanizes my brain to focus on the stuff that is very important to me. In a world of limitless distractions (see prior post), I appreciate getting clear from time to time on what really matters to me.

Ready to get started? As I often do, I will start my entry and then it will be your turn!

Let’s see…

I Am committed to:

1. My marriage: keeping our love alive, being supportive, remaining best friends…

2. My kids: encouraging them to make good choices, loving them…

3. My students: being positive, providing meaningful instruction (in academics and in life)…

4. My health: working out, eating good foods, drinking more water, spending time outside, getting “quality me time”…

5. My faith: knowing God loves me and that life works with me.

6. My community: being a good neighbor, a friendly person, and in service as a public school teacher (I work right where I live).

7. My character: working on improving myself always. We are never too old to learn new things!

8. The Warm Milk Journal: Continuing to grow and improve this site so that it remains valuable and a source of support for everyone who wants to live a well balanced life by day and sleep restfully at night.

9. Creating wealth: being a an excellent steward of money, creating an income that will afford my family the life I want for us (which includes a lot of travel and giving back to the community).

If it’s not on this list, I’m not going to sweat it or lose sleep about it. It is gone.

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Your turn, friends.

In Peace,


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4 Responses to What are you committed to? A journal writing exercise.

  • Dawn Herring says:

    I think this is a fabulous focus and way to see what really matters to us and what is authentic to us. Maybe we might even be able to decipher what we feel obligated towards rather that what is truly authentic doing this exercise. I love all the dimensions of life you provide; it’s a great example of how they all intersect in our commitment as people who want to make a meaningful mark in the world.

    I have chosen your post, What Are You Committed To?, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 1/28/13 for all things journaling on Twitter; a link will be posted on the social networks, on my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in my weekly Refresh Journal:

    #JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST, for all things journaling on Twitter; our topic this week is Your Journaling: A Habit Worth Keeping. Nathan Ohren joins us as special guest!

    Thanks again for another great journal writing focus to keep our eyes on our commitment prizes!

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter
    Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child

    • Debra says:

      Thank you, Dawn. Journal writing is a great way to get clarity on the important things…

      I so appreciate your friendship and all of the good work you do with JournalChat to support and promote journal writing.

      When we write in our journals, a divine spike comes out in our words. It is a gift.

      In Peace,

      Debra 🙂

  • Lydia Brown says:

    I love the way you help people think about the important things to focus on. My commitments have changed as I have gotten older. Money though I still want it is no longer number one on my committed to do list. In fact I tend to attract it more since my values have changed.

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