Gretchen Rubin

Explore the “Prompts” at Reverb 10 — and Identify a Prompt for Yourself.

Last week’s suggested resolution was to Choose one word to set the tone for next year.

If you’re intrigued with this approach, check out the fabulous site of Reverb 10 – the annual initiative to inspire people to reflect on the past year, and to decide how to approach the next year. You can follow along, or you can sign up to join officially. (To follow on Twitter, @reverb10).

At Reverb 10, for each day of December, a different writer suggests a “prompt” – one word or phrase to consider as the year moves from 2010 to 2011. I was thrilled to be asked to suggest today’s prompt, and my prompt is “Make.” “What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?” Other prompts so far have included “Let go,” “Wonder,” “Moment,” “Writing.”

My friend, the brilliant Gwen Bell, is the founder and one of the organizers of Reverb 10.

Mindfulness! Always, with happiness, mindfulness. The more mindfully I reflect on the past, and consider how I would like to shape the future, the happier I am.

Tools like Reverb 10’s prompts for self-reflection, or a one-word theme for the year, are helpful as creative and provocative ways to stimulate mindfulness.

What prompt would you offer?

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