For many years – too many years – I always said to myself, “What is the point in journaling” or “I don’t have time to write in a journal” or “What do you write about in a journal anyway – huh?”
Life sometimes brings with it things that you don’t understand and you find yourself asking the question – “Why is this happening to me anyway?” or another question, “Well, okay – what exactly do I write about?”
The great thing about these questions is – there is no “one” standard, single answer – because everyone’s answer is going to be different from the next person’s answer and – that my friend, is what makes each one of us unique and different.
Experiences in life usually occur through what we are “exposed to” in our everyday life or how we “respond to” those exposures – also unique to each individual. So, write what you feel comfortable writing about in your journal. “What have you heard about journaling – or even blogging – that makes you want to do it?
I use writing in my journal as, well – okay, “therapy or purging” of my brain from all the day’s experiences. This allows me to visually go into – retrospective mode – takes over and allows me to reflect on those choices and results of those choices made throughout the day.
Journaling is where you will find the answers to many of the questions you may have about your future and once you identify “those questions” – introspective mode – takes over and you’re able to focus on a clearer solution. “Are you a proactive individual or a passive individual” – well, your future could depend on it, right?”
We all know that everyone experiences challenges in their life. But, if you stop and think about it – everyone’s challenges are not the same – some are harder than others – some are easier than others.
The question posed here is – “How do we respond to these challenges?” Yeah, but — everyone is going to respond differently right? What we have to remember is “how we respond to life’s challenges” is the catalyst for growth and happiness. Growth brings about confidence – confidence “sparks” us to keep going – and sparks “ignite” a fire that lights the way to success and happiness.
“It’s the hard days — the days that challenge you to your very core — that determine who you are.” Sheryl Sandberg gives the 2016 commencement address at UC Berkeley.
via Life Advice from Sheryl Sandberg — Discover
I could not have found a better picture of what my mind is feeling like right now – the dreaded blank page!! Do you find yourself sometimes just staring at a blank piece of paper and just don’t know what to write down first – Yeah, well–
That is me — “I’m guilty as charged!” It’s funny – I used to write everything down on a piece of paper titled “To Do List” and these lists would end up looking like I was writing a short essay for college – Wow – really bad, huh?
I sometimes wrote down some of the craziest stuff – like “sort my sock drawer” or “buy Crazy Glue to fix the coffee cup handle” or even something like “dust, sweep, mop, and do all the laundry – today?!” Yeah, I know, stupid list – like I’m really going to get all of this done in one day – yeah right! This is a HUGE ‘”CHORE”‘ LIST, – something I am not a fan of.
So, one day, I decided to stop writing any kind of list – even a grocery list. If I even tried to start a list, I would get this overwhelming feeling of dread and doom – like if I don’t get everything done on this list, I’ll be reminded every day of what I failed to complete on my “so called list.”
Wow, now that is a way to really put some added stress on top of your life – just think about it -“Is this what we really want in life or is it more important to take the time – of which you would otherwise be writing your lists – and spend it with your family and friends?” Lists go on forever — our loved ones don’t!!