Personal Journaling

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Journaling About Traffic Headaches

Traveling in traffic can be a nightmare especially when we are coming from a hard day at work. Maybe our stress level from the nine to five added to the traffic stress will have us gnashing our teeth. The problem is, getting mad will not make the traffic better in the days ahead. The solution will be found in how we manage our stress level in a constructive way. A journal can assist in managing our stress levels.

We can write down how we feel while in a traffic jam. Perhaps we’ll see the absurdity of pounding on the steering wheel and all the other crazy things we do. Recording our reactions will also give us a sense of release and make us feel better. This is the place where we can write the stress out of the system if only for a temporary time. But we need a permanent solution and the process of thinking about the problem and putting pen to paper can provide solutions.

Permanence lies in planning. On paper, we can prepare ourselves for a different reaction in traffic. What are some things we can do to pass time more patiently? What can we do to keep a cool head? It may be that we can listen to soothing CDs, or motivational talks, or we could listen that audio book that we have been meaning to listen to but did not have the time. A journal can allow us to see that a traffic jam can be a time that can be beneficial and we can do practical things with this time.

Alternative thoughts and actions can be found in journal writing.

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.”

July 20, 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.”

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