Day 3 | Guided Journaling in Times of Quarantine

A Week of Prompts for Stillness and Reflection

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Photo of Petaluma, California. Copyright © Hayli Nicole, November 2019

After last night, I was feeling wildly inspired by Buddy Wakefield’s You’re Doing it Right and Poet Underground’s Fuck Isolation Virtual Open Mic. To see my creative communities rallying in unique ways and with so many heartfelt stories emerging despite the uncertainty, I want to honor and celebrate small interactions that made lasting impressions.

For today’s prompt, I would love to focus on the beauty of human connection. Physical and emotional distance can put a strain on our relationships. Especially in situations where complex emotions are heightened. At a time of isolation, we may not be experiencing these in-person moments, but we can still take time to reflect on and appreciate interactions that have resonated for us in some way.

Day 3 Journaling for Stillness and Reflection

  1. Write down three things you’re grateful for.
  2. Set your timer for 5 minutes and pour what’s on your mind to paper. No filtering. No editing. Just scribbling.
  3. Today’s prompt:
    What is something someone said to you (or perhaps did for you) recently that you really needed to hear (or needed help with)?

Perhaps it was words of encouragement when you were feeling down and depleted. Or maybe a compliment that turned your entire mood around. Whatever the interaction, carry the lesson forward with you today and see how you can extend the same love and kindness to someone else.

Expanded prompt questions:

  • Was this interaction with someone you know or was it a stranger?
  • What were the intentions behind the person’s words or actions?
  • What state of mind were you in when you heard them or received the help?
  • How did the interaction ripple into the rest of your day?

I keep a note on my phone called Beautiful Things Friends Said to Me in My Unraveling. I’ve actually saved all of the wildly beautiful and supportive things people have said to me over the years. When things get really tough, I go back and read through them. Even when things aren’t tough I still read them. The message doesn’t change. The care and support and encouragement don’t go away.

That’s what I hope this prompt will become for you-a point of reference you can come back to when things get really tough. That way you can look back on this positive interaction and remember:

We can’t give up on our humanity because our humanity is what binds us.

I love you all.
We are in this together.
We will get through this.
It’s a beautiful day to be alive.

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Published Travel Writer & Curator of Stories. Spoken Word Poet. Vagabond and Perpetual Traveller. I’m a bleeding heart with a deep penchant for the mundane.

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