Journal Writing Is an Important Tool for Growing
Over the past 30 plus years at various times I’ve used journal writing as an addition or support to my personal growth.
I have that almost ancient journal sitting right in front of me so I scanned the very first page. It’s one of my journal entry examples. Of course you can’t read it, so I’ll put some other examples down the page. However that page marks the real beginning of my journey of transformation. It’s so amazing to have this history of my evolving self to refer back to. I’m so glad in my zillion moves, from California to Dallas to two different places in N. California to Las Vegas and back again I always saved this book. I can see who I used to be – what was blocking me (many, many things) and how I started learning from others and growing. Now, with online journaling on our site, I have many, many journal entry examples and I can access them from anywhere – even on vacation. For goodness sakes, even on my smart phone.
I just heard from a former client who is also a coach and she said, like me, sometimes she feels really motivated to journal and sometimes her self exploration is happening in other ways. Now I spend more time looking and commenting on other people’s online journal writing then I do writing my own. But I still do it when I need some kind of clarity that I can find no other way. I never stop using tools that work and journal writing is right up there with the biggees!
Following is one of my journal entry examples from a couple of weeks ago:
I feel like calling this “The Dilemma of the Professional Parent and Their Adult Children” because my daughter called last night with her own relationship anxiety issues and I can’t help her. At least I can’t help her the way I help people in my profession because
A) she is my daughter and doesn’t come to me in the same way
B) she does not believe much of what I believe spiritually
I hate not feeling more useful to her. I hate not being able to solve her problems. Of course she is 38 and quite capable of solving her own problems but I’m her mom and I want her to be happy and fulfilled every minute. A little unrealistic so I guess I just get to be grateful that my kids still call me and want my ear – if not my solutions.
Sometimes my journal entry examples might be about my recent flu or something I became aware of about myself. Everyone’s journals will be different and different each day. Do you have any journal entry examples yourself? If not, why not join us on our online journaling community and start now.