Thursday, May 20, 2010

Journaling For Change

In my last post I told about keeping a list of family events. You can make lists about most anything. Here are a few ideas: Pet Peeves, Things I Don’t Understand, Things I Worry About, My Fears, My Goals. Lists are helpful if you lead a busy life and don’t have time to journal. When you have time, you can write more about each item listed. Journaling will heal and change you.

There are many ways to journal.
1. Write in the form of letters, to yourself, to someone you’ve hurt or to someone who has hurt you. Say whatever comes to your mind. Say all the things you want to say but never dared. Saying things in an unsent letter doesn’t hurt anyone and it can help you.

2. Write about each stage in life. Write about childhood, teen years, college, early marriage, children, teenagers, the empty nest, work, job changes, losses, and faith.

3. Write a vision of your life in the future. Write in positive terms, as though it has already happened. Keep this vision in your mind each day. Visualizing the way we want things to be helps us fulfill our dreams.

4. Keep a gratitude journal. List five things each day that you’re grateful for. This can change your perception and your life. It’s therapeutic to write about anger and hurt, but we need to also focus on the positive things in life.

5. Write prayers. Open your heart to God and put it in writing. God specializes in changing people and situations.

 I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings, Dottie

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