I frequently advise clients to regularly write in a journal as a means to reflect and deepen their insight and self-awareness.
I started a new journal a couple of months ago and as this year commences, find myself drawn to it as a daily discipline.
On the first page, I wrote:
This year I turn 50. This year I start a new journal to:
- Help me reconnect with what is most important
- Slow me down and keep my head from racing to places I can’t foresee or wish to avoid
- Soothe and comfort me as I notice the inevitable absences of growing up kids, family and friends
- Assist me to clarify my priorities for the hour, day and week
- Keep my feet on the ground as my head loiters in the clouds
- Provide distance between my urgent impulses and what’s most useful
- Soak up my tears and anxiety
- Provoke laughter, insight and wisdom
- Nurture my creativity
- Improve my writing
- Connect me with my deepest, truest feelings and allow me to ponder their significance
- Focus my mind so I achieve what’s best and most useful each week
- Enable me to differentiate doing from being
- Slow. Me. Down.
If you find life confusing, too fast or veering in a direction you’d rather not head, perhaps it’s time for you, too, to start a journal.