I’ve written of what my children have come to expect with each ride to school. Since my now 19-year-old son was in preschool, I have asked my kids to complete three essential tasks each day: learn something new, help someone else and have fun.
When we all gather again at the dinner table, we share how we each met those three tasks during our days at school or work. The ritual of the three tasks has remained as meaningful to me as it has been for my children.
That is my test of any personal ritual. Does it continue to serve a useful function? Does it continue to be personally meaningful?
The ritual of the three tasks is actually a meditation.
It prompts us to reflect rather than go through the motions of the day. So easy is it to fall into the usual trap of getting caught up in the busyness of the day such that at the end of the day, we don’t recall the details of another day of our life.
More common is it to let the precious time each day slip away without feeling we have really accomplished anything, done something meaningful, felt fully connected or experienced engagement with life.
The three tasks frame each day, beginning with the intentions to learn from life, to live for more than our selves, and to enjoy our lives today. The frame is closed at the end of the day, as we reflect on how we have grown (learned), connected (given) and lived (enjoyed).
Our cups are filled each day.
Tomorrow: Learn Something New. What we can learn from life even after graduation.