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Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a real term used in healthcare that refers to daily basic self-care activities in an individual's residence, outdoor environment or both. The ability or inability that an individual performs their ADLs is a measure of the functional status of the individual, particularly the injured, those with disabilities and the elderly. Very young children require assistance from adults to perform ADLs since they have not yet developed the skills necessary to perform ADLs on their own.

Basic ADLs (bADLs) are the things we normally do such as bathing, dressing, feeding ourselves, functional mobility, personal hygiene and grooming. Instrumental ADLs (iADLs) are things such as housework, money management, preparing meals, shopping and work.

Sometimes it is necessary to review the rules of kindergarten to remember how to be nice to others and use Good manners. And sometimes we just need to go back to the basics of the 'Activities of Daily Living' in order to take better care of ourselves and start living Life rightly.

Below you will see 7 simple activities to accomplish at some point during the day all under the motivation of the the daily mentation question below. You have 24 hours to get through this question along with the 7 activities. READY? SET? GO!

June 1, --
I have been given free will to do as I please, so what have I made of my Life?

June 2, --
What am I obligated to do?

June 3, --
When do I intellectualize or rationalize spirituality (make it earthly) in order to make sense of my Life?

June 4, --
Why is Love the most simple thing to do, yet the hardest thing to do?

June 5, --
Under what (or whose) power, control or influence do I voluntarily and fully submit?

June 6, --
When do I give or do things for appearances only? How superficial am I?

June 7, --
How genuine am I when I go through my religious and/or spiritual motions or am I just going through the motions?

June 8, --
How much do I participate in my own happiness? Do I expect others to contribute more to my happiness than myself?

June 9, --
If I am the salt of the earth, how can I preserve, purify or penetrate and do Good?

June 10, --
How disciplined am I to do what I feel called to do?

June 11, --
In my career or job, what is my first interest?

June 12, --
How merciful am I?

June 13, --
Am I willing to stand in my belief and do my thing even when others mock or criticize me?

June 14, --
What am I sowing that I hope will take root and begin germinating?

June 15, --
How do I act or react to those who aren't helpful, kind or thoughtful?

June 16, --
How would I feel if someone mistreated my child(ren)?

June 17, --
Do I brag about, exaggerate, over-share or dramatize my giving, helping, sacrificing or suffering?

June 18, --
What does prayer look like to me? Begging, glorifying, thanking, asking, comforting, honoring, praising?

June 19, --
Which is more important, my financial wealth or my spiritual wealth (the visible or the invisible)?

June 20, --
When I choose worry, doubt, fear or anxiety, what does that get me?

June 21, --
Am I afraid because my belief in something else is not strong enough?

June 22, --
Can I take criticism or judgment as easy as I pass it out?

June 23, --
When have I felt like I wasted my time discussing something with someone who doesn't care?

June 24, --
What do I feel so destined or compelled to do, that I could not stop doing it if I wanted to?

June 25, --
A tree is known by the fruit that it produces. If I was a tree, what would I be known for producing?

June 26, --
Does the theme of my Life look more like preparedness or neglect, readiness or ignorance, organized or disorganized?

June 27, --
Do things happen to me as I believe, and if so, could that be an indication that I need to change my belief system?

June 28, --
Do I have conviction or confliction?

June 29, --
Am I bold enough to voice or express my spiritual beliefs even if it turns off others?

June 30, --
What do my fears say about me?
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