I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
I’ve been keeping a different kind of journal lately. I call it my Daily OHM Journal—OHM standing for “One Happy Moment.” It’s as simple as it sounds: before I go to bed, I write down one happy moment from the day. The moments range from little things to big things—anything happy.
I like keeping this journal for several reasons. It leaves me with a pleasant thought as I end the day and go to bed. Also, it’s very nice to go back and read about past happy moments. And I love the coincidence that “One Happy Moment” acronyms (can I make that a verb?) to OHM, the meditation sound.
But my main reason for keeping the journal is to help myself remember that my life is happening right now, in the moments of each day. I’m not waiting for some faraway unknown when I’ll really be living; rather, the moments of my days right now are what I will look back on, in some faraway unknown, and say, “That was my life.” This mindset helps me appreciate the present—and all the happy moments I get to experience now.
Maybe you’d like to join me in keeping an OHM journal?