I would love to know how you are doing in this journaling journey… we are heading toward 100 and I have some good news…if you are wanting the first 50 Prompts, I may make them available. Thanks to a sweet assistant working behind the scenes. I will see if there is interest, and if so, will make it happen. If you need to know what the 200 Day Journal is about, Check out this PAGE and this post!
Now for the prompt…
Prompt 67: Don’t Follow the Crowd
Sometimes I think this statement is much harder to do than say. and that goes for ALL ages based on my observations. Unless you are a natural born go against the grain type or rebel without a cause, going with the flow is a subtle and powerful cultural norm. In most all cultures!
Regardless of where you think you stand on the conformity scale, there’s a high likelihood you are following the crowd in some ways, both overtly and covertly. Some ways may be so subtle you just don’t notice. AND for the record following the crowd isn’t always a bad thing…in the wild it can save you. But, since we are not browsers and grazers this doesn’t always apply.
Let’s loosely define crowd as three or more- think a small group and upwards to as large as what seems appropriate for your applying the prompt and making sense of it!
Option 1. Let’s take an inventory- ways you follow the crowd, and ways you don’t. Ways you stand apart greatly, and ways you are surprisingly blended in. What crowds do you follow that you are aware of and ok with? Are there any crowds you find yourself opposed to or surprisingly aligned with? What are the qualities you see in those you oppose, and those you approve ? Are any of these qualities you see in yourself, whether outrigt or subtle? Try to move away from judgements to observation.
Option 2. Write about a time you followed the crowd to your detriment, and/or write about a time you followed the crowd and it was for your benefit.
Opton 3. What ways do you feel you stand apart from a crowd/group that you are generally are a part of, and how can your unique qualities be helpful to those who know you? What can you bring to the group or crowd
Especially in light of all we have experienced with the Coronavirus Pamdemic, journal a bit about times you have enjoyed or been part of large crowds, events and what it was like for you then, and how it is different now. Be specific in recalling details, freedoms, and feelings in both sets of circumstances in order to make this a valuable journaling opportunity, Reflect on what you are learning as these shifts in our freedoms and experiences are impacted- as they impact us all in varying degrees.
Please adapt this prompt any way you like.