Journaling Journey (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 70)
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
— Christina Baldwin
Sometimes it is easy to forget how you persevered through a previously difficult time when another problem hits. One of the best ways to give yourself perspective on your experiences is through journaling. Journaling helps to remind yourself that you are stronger than you think. It is also important to gather new ideas and challenge yourself to take action.
Keeping a notebook and pen or even your phone handy can help you to write down thoughts, observations, ideas, and things you hear over the general discourse of life. Looking back and reading these things can help you to see your development into the person you are today. You can also take down lyrics to songs you hear while grocery shopping, funny slogans on the back of cars, or inspiring words on a mug, napkin, or shopping window.
Pouring out your thoughts on paper is a huge dose of relief. It will make you feel more confident and give you clearer thinking to find solutions to problems that exist. Capture memories with your words. If you forget them, it will be to you as if they never happened. Journaling is a way of clearing your head as if you were cleaning a plate after a meal. Let your thoughts and ideas flow freely. When you’re done, you’ll have more room to explore, engage, and envision your purpose and potential.
When circumstances get tough, it is important to remember who you are as a person. It is also invaluable to remember that this isn’t the first time you’ve had a problem. In a way, you’ve been where you are before and you are cut out to handle the task. You are capable of making a difference, exuding strength, and being courageous in the face of adversity. Journaling is a powerful way to help you bring positive thoughts to bear when you need an extra boost of encouragement.
“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
— Carolyn V. Hamilton