Let’s check in. HI! If we haven’t met, I am Dawn, and I love to serve up inspiration in the form of journaling prompts. If this sounds good to you, you might like sticking around! I have been journaling for most of my life, but especially since my late teens and early twenties. I’ve used journaling as a way to take care of myself and discover myself…along the way, journaling has helped me to find my voice, work through a very screwed up and traumatic past, and find the courage to carry on- repeatedly. It has kept me connected to my faith, deepened my relationship with God, and facilitated my understanding of others. It has taught me that sometimes a blank page is the safest place to figure things out, and beyond all that, it’s kept me honest and accountable while always remaining accessible. Is there power in the pen? I don’t know about that but there is a power beyond the pen that comes through the act of writing. And for that, I am truly grateful.
ENOUGH about me! Let’s get started… If you want to get a bit of background of what you are getting into, check this post out: The 200 Day Journal Continues… on Instagram and Beyond . If you want to find out where the Prompt dates are or see a handy list (no spoilers though) head over to this page: #200DayJournal Prompts 51-200 . If you want to see a variety of journaling articles go scroll to the bottom of this page: 200 DAY JOURNAL resumes October 1-November 28 2020 . Believe it or not I have shared a 31 Day Fitness challenge, as well as a 31 Day Planning adventure through this blog during previous Octobers! We’ll stick with the journaling prompts though for now.
Here we go for our third week (week 1 was only 3 days technically)!
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Prompt 60: Nice Neighbor
Think back and remember some of the neighbors you have known. As you do, think about one of the neighbors who emerges most prominently in your mind. Maybe when you saw the words nice and neighbor together, someone immediately came to mind. Write a bit about them, the time in your life when you knew them and what made them stand out in your memory. As you write about the details, try to recall as many specifics as possible. Paint a portrait with your words.
Write a list of the neighbors you have had that are on the ‘nice” list in your perception. Now write a list of who have been “not so nice “neighbors. What makes a neighbor nice or not nice in your eyes. You can go back to childhood, or teen years, or anytime throughout your life when you had neighbors and they stand out. After you have brainstormed neighbors past and present, ask yourself how you measure up on being a nice neighbor. Has there ever been a time in your life when you would make your own “not so nice” list ? Are there ways you could be a nicer neighbor now? Just ask yourself the questions, and see what comes. How has this maybe changed throughout life? Have there been experiences that have influenced you to want to know your neighbors or to not know your neighbors from your past? Have you ever thought of asking someone, how you could be a better neighbor to them?
Jesus challenges everyone to consider the two greatest commandments in the gospels. Spend some time with the scripture below and ask yourself, what does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? In an economy of words Jesus seems to advocate caring for ourselves and caring for others is connected. But in today’s economy this concept is often disconnected…disturbingly so. Is it possible to love your neighbor, if you don’t love yourself? Who is your neighbor? Who is your closest neighbor? How do we neglect ourselves? How do we neglect our neighbor? Have you ever considered God as your closest neighbor?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
As always, YOU are the key to turn the prompt. Use what seems good to you, dismiss the rest!