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Journaling Creates Snapshot of Life

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 112

Have you ever found yourself on a Monday morning trying to remember what you did on the weekend? We easily forget our activities from the past and experience a mental block.

By journaling every day you can remind yourself of the lessons that life is teaching you. These lessons will become a part of you as you review and remind yourself of how much you have achieved in life. Our minds can play tricks on us as far as the memory goes. If you are inclined to be pessimistic you might only remember the negative events of your past. Likewise, an eternal optimist might block out lessons from the past that were painful and only recall the positive points.

By journaling, you will be able to do a reality check to ensure your perspective is balanced.

I often ask people to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly events in their life. We need to embrace our lives to be authentic. We also need to look at the past to gain strength for our future. You might tend to forget that you developed emotional or physical strength when you went through a difficult time in the past. These moments are important because you can quickly draw strength from your past and know that there are sunny days in your future. You will also notice that there were times in your life when life events were positive but you may not have felt positive. Likewise, there may have been some very difficult events in your life but you were not discouraged. Can you think of some examples in your life that your feelings were contradictory to your life events?

Your life journey will always fluctuate, going up and down, as will other areas of your life. By journaling every day you will have a clearer picture of what has been happening in your life. Take the time monthly and yearly to review your sketches and or journal and discover what the big picture is revealing to you. When were your best times and insights? What time of day was it and what season were you in? Were there unexpected joys or sorrows that changed your commitment, style, or journaling time? By reviewing your past writings you can also pull out themes and ideas. What keeps reoccurring? Is it time to face some nagging issues and resolve them? Can you identify optimum times and increase the circumstances that facilitated those moments? Does it relate to the time of day or amount of sleep? Were relationships positive during this time; were you being creative? Try to pinpoint as best you can what the triggers were that brought you down and what the things were that brought your mood up. Use your left and right brain to sort and compile the information.

What journaling will do for you is help you to be mindful of the lessons learned or insights. It will not be lost or forgotten. Use summaries so that you can easily scan your journals and pick up lessons and insights that will help you in your future.

A Summary: A journaling tool where you can take time to review and reflect and then write down the key points. It will help you put the events in your life in perspective by looking at the big picture and integrating your past into your future. Happy Journaling and enjoy a new perspective on your life.

Diane C. Doyle, a creator and author of the SketchaJournal Dove Series, brings years of personal experience, knowledge and educational background to provide workshops and retreats for your hope and happiness. Living her passion, Diane introduces journaling as a tool for all areas of your personal and business endeavours. For more information on effective Journaling, Please visit: http://www.sketchajournal.com.

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