What’s missing? You.
To find your way back, all you need is paper, pen, and a moving hand. Write your way to the inside of your true self. Find the self that is lost, loaned out, or drained. The self that you let someone borrow yet was never returned.
Writing is one of many pathways to help increase awareness. Uncover your thoughts under layers of emotion. Learn how you lost yourself. In doing so, you will find yourself.
Take a step to ground yourself in what you already know. Find your own answers. Uncover wisdom that is hidden in old pages or created in new words.
Benefits of journaling:
When I write, I integrate what I’ve known with what I’m learning. Journaling gives words to experiences. The words form a picture in my mind. I can call on the ideas when I need them most.
I started keeping a diary when I was 12. And, if I need a good laugh, I read about early crushes I had on boys. It’s fun to look at life again through my younger self’. I experienced everything for the first time. And, it’s even more refreshing to realize how far I’ve come.
It’s also exciting to re-read more recent entries. I notice that I’m making some of my dreams and goals come true. And, I graciously watch myself re-learn hard life lessons. Not everything is new, but I am becoming who I want to be.
Here’s a poem I wrote almost a decade ago:
Lost and Found
Clues that you’ve lost your way
Standing here lost
Original thought returning
Experiencing your true self
Not wavering when others speak
Nor absorbing what others feel
Staying true to yourself
Calm takes over
Self doubt leaves
Peace sets in
And you’re back again
8 Journal Writing Tips:
Ready to dust off your old journal or try for the first time? While there are no right or wrong ways to journal, here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Set the mood (candle, tea, special spot)
- Clear out distractions (turn off phone, laptop, buzzing beeps)
- Get comfortable (blanket, pillow, arm rest)
- Make it fun (doodle, words, sketch)
- Write for awareness (start with a sentence starter, like “I think…” or “I don’t want to think about…”)
- Let the words flow (don’t edit or critique)
- Brainstorm a list (dreams, goals, strengths)
- Find inspiration (read quote or lyric)
- Create a poem or story (about yourself, life, memories)
Do you journal or write poetry? Share what you find.
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Photo Credit: “The book” by Dave Heuts