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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.”

June 8, 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.”

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