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Journaling About Patience

They say patience is a virtue. It is. Patience is necessary to get us through those trying times that we will all face throughout our lives. When we find ourselves in these situations oftentimes we lose it. Sometimes we lose it big time. So how can we build patience? There is probably no easy way. It’s best to choose an activity that requires patience and slowly develop this virtue.

While we are developing this desirable quality and in essence developing ourselves, we can record our progress in our journals. We may choose to use fishing as the occupation of interest. It’s a good pastime for learning because most times, it is a waiting game and waiting is a big part of patience. How do we feel while this waiting is going on? How do we keep ourselves still from one moment to the next? How is our breathing? These are some of the questions that we will answer in our journals.

Someone once said we are how we breathe. It’s possible that we are also how patient we are. When we lose patience, our ability to breathe sometimes suffers. If we are waiting on a fish to bite our baits, we have to be still, we have to be aware and we have to be patient while waiting for that tug. We also have to be willing to still remain patient even when there is no tug, knowing that we can try again later. Patience helps us to remain cool.

Of course, fishing is just one activity that is used here as an example. There are many others that can assist us with our goal. We can all choose one that we like and hopefully what we learn from one of these activities can be transferred to our everyday lives. If we write down the insights that we have gained, we can review them from time to time.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
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June 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling About Poems, Quotes and Songs

“I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.”
Publius Terentius Afer

Our journals are usually about us and the world around us. We write down our own words to describe and sometimes analyze what’s going on in our lives. But our journals do not always have to contain only our words. There are poems, quotes and songs that are special to us in some ways.

We can write down these poems, quotes and songs in our journals and analyze their value to us and why they make us feel the way they do. Perhaps they are inspirational or motivational; perhaps they speak to us about facing our fears; perhaps they spur us on to find inner strength and perhaps they speak to us about going after our dreams. Whatever the reason, they speak to our inner selves.

It’s possible that something that we are trying to say is worded and captured better by someone else. It’s also possible that there are times when we need a constant source of motivation. When we write down something that is powerful and valuable to us, we can go to it repeatedly for a motivational boost. Thus, other people’s words are helpful to us because they are meaningful to us.

In addition to all this, somebody else’s words may give us a different view on a challenge that we are facing. This alternative way of thinking may be just the thing we are looking for or the very thing we need. Other people’s words have much to teach us about our own lives but also about other ways that we could be living our lives.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
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June 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling about Decisions

Sometimes we have decisions to make. They can be tough ones at times and not so tough ones at other times. Whatever they are, they can be sorted out by looking at the pros and cons.

In a journal, these pros and cons can be written down and analyzed. It’s like a dissection of varying ideas. The act of writing them down and thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of each can also bring about clarity and hopefully the best decisions.

Putting your thoughts about a decision on paper and taking it from your mind changes the way you see things. In the mind, the way we make decisions can be subjective. Written down on paper, we can distance ourselves from the words and look objectively at the decisions we need to make.

In this way journaling takes us closer to ourselves while simultaneously taking us away from ourselves to give us a bird’s eye view into our own thoughts.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

May 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling About A Favourite Month

We all have favourite seasons. For many people the most popular season is summer. The sun brings about a feeling of warmth, literally and figuratively, and brings with it the thought of sea, sandals and skin. But what about a favourite month? We all have those too.

One of my favourite months is October. The trees and the ground are usually filled with colourful leaves that remind me of a vibrant artist palette. There is also a sense of expectancy in the air because the leaves are shedding themselves from the trees. This calls to mind a certain kind of death, not only of leaves, but also of autumn. It says that winter is around the corner. This is worth writing down because the duality is so stark – the simultaneous sense of beauty and the sense of death. Many times life is like this, filled with dualities.

So what is your favourite month? What is it about this month that gets to you? It could be April/May because it’s time to plant and you get to watch things grow, it could be a month in winter where you get to ski or partake in other winter sport, or it could be a month in summer where you get to go hiking and camping. Whatever the month and for whatever reason, this is something that you can journal about. These seemingly mundane pieces of information give us opportunities to learn more about ourselves. What we like and why we like them can be a window through which we look at the choices we make and help us to make more informed choices.

Go ahead, write about your favourite month.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling About Positive People

People have an impact on our lives everyday. This is true for the workplace, for our personal and family life or even in a casual place like the supermarket. These interactive experiences can be positive, negative or they can bring about a feeling of indifference. Of course indifference is not really a feeling and who wants to have negative interactions? This leaves us with the people who have had a positive impact on our lives. Journaling about these people can be a good thing.

We can explore and outline some of the reasons why these people have had such a constructive and affirmative influence on us. When we write down these reasons we can see what really spur us on. In addition, we see clearly the kinds of persons we need to surround ourselves with. We can now seek these people out, connect with them and have them in our social circles. Their positive influence will rub off on us and hopefully the saying that “birds of a feather flock together” will be true to us.

Journaling about people who have influenced us in a positive way should also cause us to be grateful that the universe has seen it fit to have brought these people into our lives. At times we are surrounded by many negatives, so much so that these positive people are like shining rays in a dim place. We should let these people know that they have influenced us in a good way and have made us optimistic. Making our gratitude known to them will make them feel like they have done something meaningful. For us, the telling of our gratefulness will be like a boomerang that comes back to us in the form of many more blessings.

So think about it. Who are we grateful to for their positive influence? What did they do? Let’s tell them about it. And let’s surround ourselves with more of those kinds of people.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling Our Vacations

We all look forward to our vacations every year. Some of us are lucky to have multiple vacations in the same year. This is the time when we let go of work, stress and other anxieties and hopefully have lots of fun. It’s also the time when we can reconnect our minds, body and spirit.

Our vacation time presents a good opportunity to write down our experiences. This is usually a happy, adventurous time and these memories are great to put on paper. We are usually in a different country and so we have different experiences from the ones we have in our day to day lives. The people around us are different; the sights, sounds and smells are different and the culture might be different. How do we feel about the differences and is there anything in our reactions to these differences that tell us anything about ourselves?

Since it’s a happy and adventurous time, writing down our experiences will give us blissful memories to look back on with fondness. We can also chronicle the reconnect of the body, mind and spirit. Like spring, vacation is a time of rejuvenation. Maybe the difference in the new culture is helpful in this. Maybe it’s a slower, more relaxed environment.

Whatever it is, journaling about the reconnect is good. When we get back to the ups and downs of our daily lives, we may need to reflect on these entries to remember a time when we could just breathe. Maybe the entries themselves will help us to just breathe if only for a minute.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

May 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling to get over an Obstacle

Obstacles are in our way to give us challenges and hence to make us stronger. We have to face the challenges head on in order to gain this strength and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering our challenges. There are no hurdles like our mental ones because these guide our actions and our beliefs. Mental obstacles can really set us back. A good tool to help us deal with this is journaling.

If there is a physical obstacle in our way, we move it, jump over it or break it down. Mental obstacles are different because they are lodged in our heads and we need a mental shift to deal with them. Journaling can help with this shift. Firstly, we need to write the obstacle down. What is it that is holding us back from the way we want to be? After we identify the culprit, we need to write down ways in which we can combat the problem. What are the different ways in which we can get to our ideal way of living? How do we get over the obstacle to achieve our goals?

We have come up with alternatives on paper. Now we really need to look at these alternatives, choose the ones that seem like the best fit and then start doing them. We need to reread our journals to remind ourselves of our new focus. The act of writing can help us shape our thoughts. The act of reflecting on what we write can help us to keep focus.

Looking at our thoughts as they are written down can assist in bringing clarity where there was none before. Journaling may also bring into sharp focus the origins of the mental obstacle. When we know the origins, we can identify solutions. Hence, the mental shift can start.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling about Success

There are times when we don’t feel successful. We feel like nothing is going right and these are the times when we need something to pick us up. The good news is that we can pick ourselves up by journaling about our success, however small. Success begets success.

What are some of your recent success stories or even not so recent? They don’t have to be huge. They can be personal or professional. We can find success all around us. It could be that your success is losing some weight, completing an important project at work, competing in a marathon or just about anything that gives a sense of accomplishment.

By writing down our success stories we inspire ourselves to more success. Writing down success should be a habit because with this active and deliberate ritual we constantly remind ourselves of what we can do and what we are able to accomplish. In the times when we don’t feel like we are doing well we can turn to our journals and remind ourselves of how successful we can be.

Over time writing down our success can be essential in our personal development. This is so because when we look at our past success, we might start planning for more success and plan the ways in which we will achieve this.

There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Start journaling about your success today.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling for Gratitude

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”
-Robert Quillen-

There are millions of reasons why we should give thanks; we don’t even have to look too hard for motivation. First of all there is today, a brand new day and we are alive! If that’s not exciting news; I don’t know what is. Sure there are bad days when things don’t go so well but for every situation that we are in, there is a worse situation that we can think of. On the bad days it can help if we journal our thoughts about what we have to give thanks for.

Similarly on great days we should write down the things we are grateful for so that we develop a constant attitude of gratitude. Everything gets better with practice especially in a hectic life. In these acts of writing down our thanks we reflect with a deeper understanding on what we have and the fortunate positions that we are in.

In addition to seeing our blessings in black and white, we attract more when we show appreciation for the ones we have. Instead of lack we invite abundance. This habit of not just giving thanks but writing it down can be transforming because of the internal change in how we perceive our own truth. As we focus more on our prosperity, we become much more hopeful and good things start to happen.

Let us write our thanks and see how the universe responds to us.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Journaling about spring

My last post was about journaling as therapy and how the season of spring can be tied into this as a part of the healing process. The season of spring and all the other seasons can be an important part of the journaling process. Since we began to talk about spring, let’s expand on that. There is something special about this season. Winter is finished; there is new life; new growth; the feeling of rejuvenation and everything is green.

The color green can create quite a soothing effect but green is also about growth. The showers in spring also make everything fresh and may give us the feeling that we can start anew. This is the time that many people spring clean their homes in an organized way and the same can be done for our lives. We can organize to clean out our old habits and start new traditions.

Spring can have a real significance in our lives in terms of celebrating the rebirth of ourselves. The green of spring may mean growth but it can also mean go! Go ahead and explore something new and journal about it.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment