I think it’s possible to teach yourself to be your own good reminder.
It’s something I’ve been trying to do more of.
This is how it works.
Life becomes a blur when we think everything is going to be the same as it always was. We get stuck in patterns. We go to the same job every day. We follow the same routines. We generally see the same people and have similar conversations, over and over and over.
When this happens, it’s only natural for everything to blend together.
But there could be a better way to go about it. I think there is.
What I try to do is stay as present as possible. This is at the heart of mindfulness, which can be improved with meditation. When I am present, I notice the big picture, but I also notice the finer details.
I’m focused on the conversation, but I might also notice the tiny scar on my conversation partner’s hand. It creates a mental note. I wonder, where did that come from? I wonder if there is a story behind it.
That attention to detail, which comes from being completely present, creates curiosity. And curiosity adds energy to my life. When I’m curious, I’m not assuming the world is going to be how it always is. I see opportunities everywhere.
It’s a simple trick that requires lots of practice.
But the more I can do it, the more I can be my own good reminder. Because the way I see the world presents more opportunities, which presents more good reminders.
Change how you see the world, and your world changes itself.