Journal Prompt Idea – How to Be More Mindful of All The Luxuries We Already Have

Being an artist is awesome. I know that I am incredibly and ridiculously lucky to have an outlet for my creative and emotional expression. There are days, however, where I fall into the common trap of focusing on what I don’t have as an artist. For example, I can go down a rabbit hole focusing on all the skills and materials I don’t have. I can also fall into the trap of comparing myself with other artists. It’s so easy to have this scarcity mindset where you self-sabotage yourself over insignificant things.
Human nature tends to do easy things over the hard things, of course. To combat this, I gave myself the journal prompt of what my invisible privileges are. This was challenging and really threw my mind in for a loop because, well, you’re trying to find invisible things. But that’s also what makes this journal exercise so great and powerful. Here is the list that I wrote in my journal and it has made such a huge impact. I now feel like the luckiest person alive that’s living with so much abundance.

Invisible Privileges:

  • Not knowing what war is like
  • Living without constant physical pain
  • Feeling safe in your home
  • Holding hands with your partner in public
  • Walking home alone at night
  • Having a bed
  • Having emotionally mature parents
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Fresh water from the tap
  • Being able to read
  • Not having social anxiety
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Being able to complain about being bored during the pandemic
  • Your health
  • Being able to work from home
  • Reliable electricity

After this journal entry, I actually was able to think of more invisible privileges. Since I teach Chinese calligraphy, I don’t realize how difficult the art is for left-handed people until someone that is left-handed asks me a question. The questions of how to even hold the brush as a left-handed person truly stumped me because I’m just so used to writing with my right hand.

I do want to note that not everything on the list applies to me. For example, I don’t have to worry about holding my partner’s hand in public. But for some of my loved ones, this isn’t a luxury that they have.

I hope this serves as a reminder of all the good that’s already in our lives. When we focus on what really matters, we realize that we have a lot to be thankful for.

Wherever you are reading this from, I hope you continue your day with a more grateful heart.

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