Personal Journaling

Write Your Thoughts

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 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