Personal Journaling

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Journaling as a Conversation Without Judgement

One of the great benefits of journaling is that we can write anything we want and there will be no biting criticism, no sermon from the pulpit, no disagreement, and no veering the conversation away from what we want to talk about. What could be more freeing than this lack of discord? The only confrontation that takes place is with us. Sometimes we have enough conflict within ourselves without getting more stress from others.

In a sense, our journals have some of the qualities of a best friend. That’s someone who listens attentively and can help us to see things in an objective light somewhat like a journalist who can give both sides of the story without bias. Disapproval and sermonizing can only lead to inhibitions about what we really want to say. Of course, this is not what we want. Fortunately, reticence about our feelings and thoughts do not come into journal writing.

When we write our thoughts down on paper without fear of judgment, we can truly analyze our thoughts and speak our truths. And this is the whole point of recording the accounts of our lives. With this knowledge, why not have a stress free dialogue with your journal?

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 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 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.”

May 18, 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.”

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.”

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