As much as I miss the French I took for three years in high school, I’m not going to focus on the French word for day in today’s Stream of Consciousness Post. Because to be honest, journal is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw our prompt was “jour.”
I often encourage my clients to journal. It still surprises me a little when some one admits: “I don’t really like to write.” It’s almost like when some one says they don’t like animals. Any animals. I have to remind myself that those things I love, some people don’t even like.
So, now I ask them how they feel about writing. If they are at all interest in journaling, or willing to give it a try. I tell them they can keep it simple. And they don’t have to do it every day. I encourage them to write, not only to vent, but to write what they’ve learned, and good things that happen, even if it’s just one sentence.
The most valuable thing I’ve found in my own journaling isn’t recording facts, feelings and thoughts, though that can help tremendously if you ever want to write a memoir.
I used journals to clarify the pros and cons of unhealthy relationships I needed to walk out of.
I wrote in my journal the characteristics I wanted in a partner. Then I put stars by the most important ones, the non-negotiables. It was like writing a letter to God, or the Universe, which is part of God, made by God, I believe. But that’s another post, maybe. I read the list to help me not go back to unhealthy relationships.
In a group, I asked my clients to write a letter from God with what God wants you to know. A love letter, maybe, hopefully. I wrote one too. It was great! And by great, I mean therapeutic.
I also wrote lists of what I like about myself, the good qualities I want to strengthen, things God loves about me.
Journaling has helped me put my goals in writing. Things are more powerful when we write them and speak them.
I’ve used a journal to write down examples of God working in my life, meaningful coincidences. I just started a jar for this where I put little notes with good things that happen. Maybe I’ll put them together in writing at the end of the year.
Because what we focus on gets bigger.
God Listens, and “reads” what we write.
And dreams do come true.
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April 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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April 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm
You know. I have heard many a times about how therapeutic journal writing can be; in retrospection, I maintained a diary to make light of different situations. Try to downplay the serious stuff and be all cool! But that was also the most honest narrative I made of those situations. I guess someone reading it will have a field day.
April 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm
It sounds like it was therapeutic in the way you needed it to be. Journal writing can serve many purposes. Lots of material there for short stories, memoir or even a novel. Or like you said, someone’s field day 🙂
April 12, 2015 at 4:31 am
It’s a way to outline life. Mark moments in time and share them.
April 13, 2015 at 1:49 am
Yes. Especially before blogging came along. Still, there’s something special about writing with a pen on paper.
April 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm
I wrote, for my SoCS entry, about the journaling my grandma did. I have them and think, somehow and and some way, I would like to write a story based on them, but I don’t know how to go about it.
Great reflection you do in this post.
April 13, 2015 at 2:56 am
I enjoyed reading about your grandma. It sounds like she has a lot of journals. You could write about your relationship with her. I’m very curious about how you read (?) other people’s blogs. Guessing there is help from technology or another person maybe. I’m wondering if some one could read or record some of your grandmother’s journals for you. But if there are a lot of them, where do you start? I don’t share this often, but occasionally I get strong intuitions. Is there a blue journal? Maybe you have some intuition too, that would help your pick up which journals some one could read to you or record for you to listen to. You could alternate your memories with your grandmother’s stories. This is very much a Stream of Consciousness reply which is not typical for me. I’m not even going to edit it. Just going with the flow…..
April 13, 2015 at 3:56 am
I use technology, yes. Voice software reads what’s on my screen.
It speaks as I type. I will probably write a book someday.
April 13, 2015 at 12:22 am
Very encouraging, JoAnne. 🙂
April 13, 2015 at 1:43 am
Thanks, Linda 🙂 I always enjoy SoC Saturday!