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.”
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Journals as Writing Tools

Writers write and the more we do it the better we become at it. It’s like they say practice makes perfect. When we write in our journals we may not be doing our official writing but the act of writing constantly can sharpen our minds and our thought processes. So when we come to the writing that we do for publishing, we will have unconsciously honed our skills a little.

We can also consciously use our journals to develop our skills as writers. We can try out different writing methods and see which one is best for us. This is where we can try a writing technique that is not usually our style. Who knows, we may find something that could possibly enhance our writing and make our stories that more exciting and meaningful. The great thing about our journals is that we can try these things with ourselves before we allow anyone to see our finished products.

Our journals may also have great story ideas in them and so we can use our own past experiences as research. Think of all the places we have been, our thoughts and impressions on events close to us and far from us, stories told to us by strangers and family members and just the events of our everyday lives. We have some of this written down in our journals and this record can be used as fodder for interesting stories. Rereading our journals can take us back to a particular memory and all the feelings that surround that memory and make for powerful fiction or nonfiction.

Let us look at our journals as more than just static records and see them as tools to sharpen our skills and as a library where research can be done.

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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Journaling About Dreams and Goals

We all have dreams and goals. As human beings we aspire to achieve the dreams that we have for ourselves, we aspire to self actualization. Until we do something about our dreams they remain just that – dreams – fleeting and distant. Dreams are meant to be chased. We need to take them from the conceptions in our heads to action and physical reality.

So we need to not only talk about the dream but we need to write them down. This is action on paper that can lead to a self fulfilling prophecy because the written word is a powerful spiritual tool. Our journals then become the facilitator of not only our thoughts but the ways in which we intend to achieve our dreams. When we write our dreams down they gain weight and become more real. The act of writing is a call to commitment. We have said to ourselves that we can do this, and we will do this.

On paper, in black and white, we have put our dreams out into the universe. The universe has a funny way of giving us what we ask for. Simply writing down our dreams does not mean that’s all we have to do. We have to work hard. However, writing them down means that we have taken ourselves seriously enough to give our dreams energy that will lead to more cooperation from the universe.

A dream written down is a dream that is more likely to be manifested so write them down.

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
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http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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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

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