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If you’ve ever been afraid of looking inwards and writing things down, now is the time to let go of that fear. In the end, certain patterns may appear to help you figure out how to do more of what makes you feel happy. Try and answer some the following questions/prompts to find out more about yourself and how that relates to your service experience. Here are the prompts:
Why am I here? Think about your current purpose in life, and how you got here – whether it’s a place or a situation. Like, what brought you to Siena, the Bonner program, etc?
List 15 things that make you happy. This will be harder than it seems. The items may also change with the times. It can range from ice cream to the moon and stars, or even refer to your previous blog post.
What is the best thing that happened to me? This not only brings back fond memories but also shows implicit gratitude. It also shows your scope – is it a specific event or an overall “I’m grateful to be alive!”
What are five things I like about me? Yup, shower yourself with compliments. You are amazing and awesome, in your own way.
How are three ways others would describe me? These adjectives could be good or bad. Perception vs. reality, the point is to be self-aware and therefore confident. You can either Facebook/text/G-chat your friends directly. The things they say may warm your heart.
Finish this sentence: My dream is … Don’t be afraid to write it down, say it out loud, shout it from a rooftop! What would you do if no one else was reading, watching or listening? This could be open-ended, whether it is a dream from your childhood or one about your service experience, or even both!
Now what? Tie it all together – reflect on which of your qualities would make this dream achievable and who in your circle could help your dream come true.
As you cannot truly love others if you do not love yourself; you cannot truly be generous to others if you are not being generous towards yourself. Especially with midterms quickly approaching and the hectic nature of academics during this time, it is important to recognize what makes us happy on an individual level.
What are things you do in order to maintain your peace and happiness? Why are they important to you and how does this influence your service experience? You can be creative post pictures or Youtube videos, if they help explain (please remember to keep it appropriate!).
After viewing the documentary, Which Way Home that portrays the struggle of children immigrants as the try and ride the “La Bestia” from Central America and Mexico into the United States; we want you to further reflect upon what you heard and saw.
What were your initial reactions? Was there a scene that really stood out to you, or made a lasting impact? How does knowing more about this issue, influence your outlook on your service site? Even if you do not serve immigrants, the children’s journey from Central America and Mexico to the United States, has connecting pieces to the service we do at our sites.
As with a new year, it is important to refocus our intentions and desires. So many times in Bonner, we talk about needing fulfillment for both ourselves and our sites, creating a reciprocal relationship that benefits all parties involved. With the beginning of a new semester as well as year, it is important to reevaluate and reflect upon ourselves, our sites, and how the two intertwine.
From this reflection, what is a personal desire as well as one for yourself at your site?
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”- Mary Oliver