“Continuing to take a personal inventory means that we form a habit of looking at ourselves, our actions, our attitudes, and our relationships on a regular basis.”
Basic Text, p. 42
The daily inventory is a tool we can use to simplify our lives. The most complicated part of taking a regular inventory is deciding how to start.
- Should we write it out?
- What should we examine?
- In how much detail?
- And, how do we know when we’ve finished?
In no time, we’ve turned a simple exercise into a major project.
Here’s one simple approach to the daily inventory. We set aside a few minutes at the close of each day to sit quietly and check out our feelings.
- Is there a knot, big or small, in our gut?
- Do we feel uncomfortable about the day we’ve just finished?
- What happened?
- What was our part in the affair?
- Do we owe any amends?
- If we could do it over again, what would we do differently?
We also want to monitor the positive aspects of our lives in our daily inventory.
- What has given us satisfaction today?
- Were we productive?
- Did we give unselfishly of ourselves?
- Did we fully experience the love and beauty the day offered us?
- What did we do today that we would want to do again?
Our daily inventory doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. It is a very simple tool we can use to keep in daily touch with ourselves.
Just for today: I want to keep in touch with the way I feel in living this life I’ve been given. At the end of this day, I will take a brief, simple inventory.
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