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What Good Shall I Do This Day?
Well, not so Benjamin Franklin. Not only did he have much cooler hair and glasses than I do, not only did he invent bifocals, the lightning rod, the odometer, and, like, the United States of America when to date I have invented exactly, hm, nothing, but old Ben had a daily plan. I guess that's how big thinkers work. His daily schedule is enlightening—structured, but not too—and I dare say we could all learn a thing or two from it.
I very much enjoy the break in the middle of the day to read over lunch, and the exhortation to spend part of each evening putting "things in their places." I imagine a harried Ben scurrying around putting away kids' toys and unpacking the diaper bag, you know, so to speak. And I especially love the morning question— "What good shall I do this day?"—and the evening question— "What good have I done today?" This is the kind of checking-in most of us don't do enough in our daily lives. Not just, How will I check all the to-do's off my to-do list? But, What good shall I do? And not just, Let me go over all the things I didn't get to today, but I must have done something good today. Let me take a moment to reflect on it.
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