A time for thoughtful questions
When I worked with college students, we always paused at the end of a volunteer service project to explore its meaning. Whether we walked adoptable dogs, painted houses, or planted trees, we’d openly share our reactions and ponder the significance of our efforts.
There is power in reflecting on the meaning of what we do.
This is especially true for people like you and me who are committing time, energy, and heart to making our world kinder and more just. If we don’t stop to reflect, everything starts to seem like wins or losses, faster and faster. It’s tiring. Our hearts need a place to rest and look deeper at the significance behind what we do.
An invitation to reflect and share
On the last week of each month, the Americans of Conscience checklist takes a break and, instead, I offer you reflection questions for your own private journal or sharing here in community. You can answer one, some, or all.
In the spirit of kindness, please honor the truths of others’ sharing. While encouragement, curiosity, and conversation are welcome, criticism, shaming, or contempt are not. We are all imperfect, beautiful works in progress.
AoC December reflection questions
What emotion(s) are you feeling in this moment?
As this year draws to a close, what seems more precious to you than usual?
Share a story about something pleasantly surprising that happened this month.
Our words and deeds have a ripple effect to those we love and beyond. Whose life did you touch this month? Who touched yours?
What is your sincerest hope for the new year?