Since around the age of 7 or 8, I have kept some sort of diary. First, they were delicate little naugahyde books with dangling gold-tone keys no bigger than a doll would use to unlock her penthouse. Later the books became less-locked and more hidden as I let my adolescent angst flow onto the pages, which would then be secreted away from my siblings’ prying eyes. These days, the journals range somewhere between college-ruled notebooks, and an occasional leather embossed beauty that takes me years to ultimately deface with my greedy words. I love journals.
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As a power tool for enhancing self-awareness and understanding, there is nothing that has been with me as long as writing and journaling have been.Â Indeed, my journals have been through the entire span of a too-early marriage at age 17, through the raising of three children, and ultimately, through a predictable divorce. My journaling notebooks, filled with grief and questions following the death of my son, became my first book, Blessings in the Mire: A True Story of Miracles & Recollections.Â
Journals have been my sounding board when I’ve felt slighted, have been the place to wax poetic when falling in and out of love…. The pages have been filled with poetry, ideas, and dreams. And they have been the soft-landing place when I needed a friend.
Journaling is a strong thread through my life. And I encourage all my clients to journal on a daily basis. In addition to a daily journal, I also encourage the use of journals for specific themes, such as keeping a Dream Journal on the nightstand and keeping an Abundance Journal for tracking the flow of abundance and of course, keeping a Gratitude Journal for expressing thanks.
Personally, I keep a personal journal for all these themes, plus, I start a new one for every new book that I write. And sometimes, before the book is published, I may have filled 4 or 5 volumes.
If you keep a journal, give yourself kudos. And if not, consider this: Words have power. Your words can bring about the manifestation of whatever you dream of having, doing, or being. The simple act of writing in your journal has benefits such as lowering your blood pressure, providing clarity, tracking progress, and oh-so-much-more. In other words, I encourage you to journal on a regular basis and reap the benefits.
So without any further fanfare, here is today’s audio, JournalingÂ â†“
You have one purpose in this life, and that is to learn to love every facet of who you are. Â â™¥â™¥â™¥