Journaling by Hand
I write everyday in a journal. In it I hand write my daily thoughts, feelings and dreams. There is something therapeutic about taking pen to paper. Your emotions flow out in the ink. I write so that I can think clearly. I write so that my actions and choices are not mere reactions to life and people. Instead, I can live with premeditation and make choices about how I will react. My thinking can get all muddled in an unruly pile. I take each thought from the pile and put it on paper and begin to see what I really think or feel. More often than not I can see solutions where before there were only problems. Or if I am ruminating endlessly on some incident or interaction that is bothering me, I write it out. It gets that hamster off the wheel! Then, I can get on with my life. Don’t know what’s bothering you? Start writing and you’ll be illuminated. You think maybe the people in your life are not listening to you well? Tell it to paper. It is endlessly patient. Need to just complain? You won’t bore anyone and can kvetch till your pen runs dry. I try to encourage everyone I know to journal. Try it, you’ll like it.