21DJC Day 2 – If You Are To Do Something For Free For the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

This is Day 2 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. Read the announcement and details on the challenge here: 21-Day Journaling Challenge.

Hi everyone – Welcome to Day 2 of 21DJC! :)

Yesterday’s question was an age-old question – “What would you do if you have one million dollars?” Many of you had interesting responses. Some of you wanted to buy a nice, large house. Some of you wanted to use it to invest and grow more money. Some of you wanted to renovate your current home. Some of you wanted to start up a charity / NGO / organization that supports a humanitarian cause of your choice. Some of you wanted to travel around the world. Some of you wanted to give a portion to your family and friends, to enable them in their goals.

Whatever it is that you wrote, know that they represent inner wishes that you’ve been wanting to fulfill,  but have yet to do so. Yesterday’s question was actually to draw out these innermost desires and bring them to your awareness.

And the interesting thing is, you don’t have to till you have $1 million before you can fulfill these desires.

What do I mean?

Goals represent your inner desires. One way to satisfy these desires is to achieve the actual goals themselves. However, you can only do that when you have $1 million in your arsenal (since it takes time to manifest). By having a goal that has to be deferred (i.e. you can’t work on your $1 million goals yet because you haven’t achieved $1 million), it’ll only disempower you and prevent you from living in the now.

The more empowering way is to (a) distill to those very desires and (b) find ways to realize them this very moment.

Look at what you wrote for yesterday’s $1 million question. Ask yourself – (a) What desires do these goals represent? (b) How can I realize these desires, right away today?

For example, say one of your $1 million goals is to travel around the world. In reality, you may not be able to travel to any country that you want now because of financial reasons.

However, remember that this isn’t the point. If you look at the desire this goal represents, it possibly reflects a desire to break free and take a breather, due to a prolonged period of not resting. The answer to realizing that then, would be to start taking breaks, even short vacations or just having the weekend off (see Habit #2 of 8 Habits of Highly Effective People). It may reflect a desire to be exposed to new cultures and grow from the multitude of experiences, of which you can already start doing now by getting out there to meet people of other backgrounds.

Another example – Say one of your goals is to allocate $X to your parents, as gratitude for bringing you up. You can already realize that now by sharing $Y every month, where $Y is a smaller amount than $X, adjusted to reflect how much you can spare for this purpose. You can be more generous toward them in your daily life. You can treat them to lunch/dinner/vacations, more so than you’re already doing now. Or if money isn’t a commodity at your disposal, you can do other things like prepare meals for them, write a card, spend more time to them, as acts of gratitude.

And so on and so forth the other $1 million goals.

There’s no need to put life on hold till [X event] happens. That’ll be to put off living. Think about how you can make your desires happen now. This is what it means to live in the now.

3 Important Things To Note Before Continuing

#1. Sign Up First Before You Proceed

Here’s a quick shout out – We now have over 570 official participants!! *whistles and claps* :clap: That’s over 140 new participants registered in the past 24 hours!! To all new participants – Welcome on board!! :D

For those who have not signed up yet, it’s not too late – you *can* still sign up now. Simply hop over to the announcement post, complete the 3 steps to sign-up, and you’ll be added to the list in 24 hours:

Please make sure you’re signed up before you proceed. The comments area for each day’s post is designated only for those who have signed up for the challenge.

#2. Post Your Entries in the Right Thread

Some of you have been erroneously posting your journal entries in the wrong thread. For example, posting your replies to the questions for Day 1 and Day 2 in the announcement post, and so on.

Note that the announcement post is only for sign up registration, while Day 1′s post is for posting your Day 1′s journal entries; Day 2′s post is for Day 2′s journal entries, and so on. I’ll be deleting the entries that are posted in the wrong thread from now on, as it makes it confusing for other readers. Please kindly cooperate and follow the instructions for the benefit of the community – thank you!

#3. Get Your Gravatar

You may have noticed some participants have a nice profile picture displayed with their comments. For example, my comment here. Most of you have the default PE logo (maroon red with white text), because you have not created your gravatar account.

To set your custom profile picture, visit Gravatar, register your account (Important: Make sure it’s the same email as the one you use in your blog comments) and upload your profile picture. Your picture will automatically be reflected in all your blog comments where you had filled out the same email address as the one in your Gravatar account. This is a great way to spruce up the comments section and individualize yourself! :D

Let’s now move on to the question for Day 2 of 21DJC! ;)

21DJC Day 2

Day’s 2 question is one of my personal favorites:

If You Are To Do Something For Free For the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

If You Are To Do Something For Free For the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Would you sleep and do nothing? Would you pursue a certain passion? What would that passion be? Would you be pursuing a particular craft? What would that be? Would you be traveling around the world? Would you be blogging? What about? Would you want to pursue a humanitarian cause? What would it be? Would you be writing? What about?

Update: Some readers seem to have some confusion over how to interpret the question. Is the question supposed to mean what you would willingly do without receiving money for? Or is it suppose to mean what you would want to do because it does not cost anything?

My answer? The former. If I were to rephrase the question: “What would you want to do for the rest of your life if you are never paid for this work?” In other words, your life passion. Your life purpose. Hope that helps!

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling “room”, if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for the 21 days of the challenge. There’s a button for you to keep track of your word count too, if you’re interested.

(Note you will not see the form below if you’re viewing this in your email client. Visit the actual post online to see the form.)

If You Are To Do Something For Free For the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Your Task Today:

  1. Reflect and answer today’s question. There’s no word limit – whether minimum or maximum. Write as few or as many words as you want. It’s all up to what you want to express!
  2. Share your answer. After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there.
  3. Check out other participants’ answers. Other participants will be sharing their answers too, so feel free to read and reply to their answers. This is a group course, so let’s support each other in these 21 days.
Look forward to reading your answers! :D

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  1. Catmer says:

    If I could do something for free for the rest of my life, I would choose motorcycling. I have been mobile on a motor and two wheels for more than 30 years and I value this freedom more than other more essential things.

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    • syndee says:

      love this. I was robbed of this live style 14 years ago by a debilitating incurable disease so this never crossed my mind as an answer. But it was true for me as well. Enjoy every minute because there are hundreds of things that can steak it from you.

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  2. Alice says:

    I love developing new recipes. If I was to do something for free it would be gourmet cooking. I love making every dish special to every person. I would enjoy coming up with dishes just as the guest wants it. I would enjoy putting creative trimmings with no rush so that the guest enjoys their food! Of course I will be learning with all the different tastes people have, I be would constantly stimulated to be creative, this way I can come up with my own unique recipes!

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  3. Nicole says:

    If i could do something for free for the rest of my life… hmmm.

    I would want to teach art, reading and story-telling to underprivileged children at a children’s home. Serve as a mentor to them, and help them see beauty & experience hope and the possibilities of life. Let them know that even though life is not fair, and we are not all born with the same things, it is still ours to make. :)

    I would also like to live with nature, and learn gardening. Grow some flowers, and plants/herbs. Make ice-cream out of them :p lavender ice-cream! probably turn my living room into a cosy cafe of sorts where people can display their handicrafts for sale / have book discussions etc. Just a place to chill and relax, make new friends and have good conversation.

    Of course, family is also very important to me, so I would want to be surrounded by family and friends also! even while im enjoying living my free life. :)

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  4. syndee says:

    way too easy… take care of unwanted and neglected animals. How people treat and care for thier animal is a reflection on their hearts and souls. And I will never understand what is wrong with today’s society that they treat animals so appallingly.

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    • Jen says:

      Syndee, this is a great choice! It makes me so sad to see animals in pain, neglected and unloved. I even sympathize with the squirrels!

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  5. Desiree says:

    If I had the opportunity to do something for free for the rest of my life I would do exactly what I am doing now. Of course, if money wasn’t an issue. I work in health care non-profit with transplant recipients. People that have received a transplant and those waiting for a life saving transplant. I enjoy working with each and every person I meet. I also do a lot of public speaking and I would absolutely have to include that in as well. I do public speaking for Donor Network of Arizona. My mission is to educate everyone; yes you heard that right, EVERYONE on the importance of organ donation.

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    • Jen says:

      Thank you for your work, Desiree. My father is a transplant recipient, and his experience taught me the importance of organ donation. I am now a donor, and I remind all of my friends and family how important and life-saving organ donation is.

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      • Desiree says:

        Jen,
        WOW! Congrats to your father! Where was your father transplanted? How long ago was this? And what did he recieve?
        I think EVERYONE should become an organ and tissue donor.

        Go In Peace. Give In Love. Donate Life.

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  6. Alban Brice says:

    If I Have To Do Something For Free For the Rest of My Life, It would be to Encourage people in need for Encouragement.

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  7. Desiree says:

    If I had the opportunity to do something for free for the rest of my life I would do exactly what I am doing now. Of course, if money wasn’t an issue. I work in health care non-profit with transplant recipients. People that have received a transplant and those waiting for a life saving transplant. I enjoy working with each and every person I meet. I also do a lot of public speaking and I would absolutely have to include that in as well. I do public speaking for Donor Network of Arizona. My mission is to educate everyone; yes you heard that right, EVERYONE on the importance of organ donation.

    This makes me feel good. After my youngest and only brother passed away, volunteering became my life. It was my therapy. It was how i coped with his death. I absolutely love what i do and everyone i meet along my path. The million dollars i received yesterday, would go to help these people.

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  8. Nadia says:

    Guess I would travel, because it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do but requires big amounts of cash. It wouldn’t be enjoyable unless family & friends are included.

    In yesterday’s question Celes, you wrote “Look forward to reading all your answers” and today you omitted the “all”, I like your gentle honesty ;)

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  9. Borjana says:

    I would become a writer and motivational speaker. I would write a book on law of attraction and how it changed my life and how it can change life of everyone else if they put a little time in it. I would travel all around the world and gather experiences which i can share with people. I would also love to inspire people all over the world and become a motivational speaker, especially on themes about overcoming obstacles and facing your fears, since i have a lot of experience in that area. I would also work on self growth so i can be a better person for the world, as Gandhi sad “Change the world one person at the time” and “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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  10. Edrick says:

    If there is something that I can do for free for the rest of my life, no doubt that would be the ability to get an infinity amount of money to spend. Although money cannot buy everything, but at least having the chance of living in luxury would make a lot of people happy. With an infinity amount of money, I am not only making myself happier and more comfortable; I can also help others to achieve their dreams. The world will be more peaceful when everyone gets what he/she wants.

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  11. Kathy says:

    If I am to do something for free for the rest of my life, this is what I will do:

    1) I want to teach for free as I believe having a good education is the first step to having a good future (where money will come next, of course!!)

    2) I want to cook and bake for free as I want to share with people the good food I have made and of course, the food that I love to eat as well.

    3) I want to volunteer or work for free at needy places (be they old folks’ home, cancer wards etc) as for me, these are the people that require the most attention.

    4) I want to provide free shelter to all unwanted pets or strays as they are another living being who just want our undivided love and attention.

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  12. Mark Wills says:

    Read, listen to calming music (anything from Steely Dan to Philip Glass to Pat Metheny), smoke a good cigar at least twice a week, meditate for at least 15 minutes a day, pray honestly every day, cuddle with my wife every day

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  13. AH888 says:

    Traveling first class!
    I know this is not an elaborate answer, but really this is what I would do.

    Now, if the question were, “if you could HAVE something free for the rest of your life,” then I would have 2 answers:

    My responsible side would answer: free top-of-the-line health insurance for me and my family (health insurance in the States is deplorable.)

    My bohemian side would answer: a brand new custom designed, custom fit stylish wardrobe every season.

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  14. Megan says:

    I signed up yesterday and somehow my name not listed but that’s okay ‘coz what matters is that I am participating with this amazing and awesome life experience for betterment of our Personal Excellence.
    1) I’ll continue to thank God for the graces and blessings first and He will take care the rest for me.
    2) I’ll continue serving time, effort, and talents (God’s gifts) doing charity work for free at my church and my community i.e Foodbank & Habitat for Humanity.
    Thanks to you, Celes and the rest of the team and participants. God bless.

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  15. Michele says:

    I would indulge myself in some type of massage and body work on a daily basis…I feel so much better…so relaxed and energized after a fabulous massage. It amazes me how healing the touch of another…often one who does not know me…can be. That experience always brings up for me how caring, tender and healing a strangers touch can be. It staggers me to think that the touch of a stranger (war for example) can also be so destructive.

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